The White House is preparing to close government offices if Congress doesn’t pass a new spending bill by the midnight deadline, but says the 2018 version of the government shutdown would inflict less pain on citizens who use government services than the last one.
“We want to make folks understand that it will look very different than it did in past years,” White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said Friday. “The Obama administration weaponized the shutdown in 2013.”
One example: Mulvaney said national parks would remain open during a shutdown — although the trash wouldn’t be picked up and park police wouldn’t get paid unless Congress passes retroactive legislation. Read more at USA Today.