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Senate Democrats have vowed to filibuster continuing resolution
Shutdown Will be Different Than 2013, OMB Warns

Updated Saturday, January 20, 2018 after the Senate failed to reach the 60 vote threshhold to overcome a filibuster.

A bitterly divided Congress is in the midst of a partisan stare-down over demands by Democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported.

Democrats in the Senate filibustered a four-week, government-wide funding bill that cleared the House Thursday evening, seeking to shape a subsequent measure.

Politicized brinksmanship and the threat of shutdown have become a common occurrence in recent times, as recently as 2013 a shutdown from a divided congress became a reality.

With less than 24 hours left until government funding expired, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said his agency will manage a possible shutdown differently than the previous administration.

Though he and White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short said the president is calling lawmakers and is "actively working to prevent a shutdown," OMB insisted that one under this administration will be managed differently than the 16-day lapse from 2013.

"It will look very different than it did under the previous administration," Mulvaney told reporters Friday morning. "One of the things that I've learned since I've been in this office, there's no other way to describe it, but the Obama administration weaponized the shutdown in 2013. What they didn't tell you was that they did not encourage agencies to use carry-forward funds, funds that they were sitting on, nor did they encourage agencies to use transfer authority. They could have made the shutdown much less impactful, but they chose to make it worse."

The House passed another continuing resolution that would extend current funding levels through Feb. 16. The Senate, however, voted down the measure with 55 votes in favor. Passage requires 60 votes to overcome a filibuster.

Meanwhile, agencies are reminding their employees of their shutdown contingency plans and are preparing beyond those plans as well.

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