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UPDATE: Government Agencies Shut Down

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House's budget office says it's notifying federal agencies that the government will shut down Tuesday.

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, said late Monday in a memorandum to agency heads that there was no indication Congress would approve a short-term funding measure before the midnight deadline. She said federal agencies should execute their plans for an orderly shutdown.

Burwell said the Obama administration urged Congress to move quickly so critical government services could be restored. She said a shutdown affects hundreds of thousands of workers who will be sent home and inconveniences millions who rely on federal services.

She said some critical functions, like the military and air traffic control, would remain open.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - With the clock ticking closer toward a government shutdown, congressional lawmakers are engaged in partisan ping pong over a budget to keep the federal government operating past midnight, the start of the new fiscal year.

The Senate has voted once again to reject a resolution by House Republicans that would fund the government but delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The Senate acted within moments to kill the latest House offering.

As lawmakers squabbled, President Barack Obama urged House Republicans to abandon demands he said were designed to "save face after making some impossible promises to the extreme right of their party."

He also warned that shutting the government down puts the recovering economy at risk.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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