U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said the agency will “effectively shut down” unless Congress approves stopgap funding by Oct. 1, according to a report from the Associated Press.
Without the stopgap funding, McCarthy said the agency will be unable to pay employees, and only a core group of staff members would remain on duty in case the agency has to respond to a significant emergency. According to the Associated Press, most EPA function like drafting regulations and enforcing rules would remain stalled until government operations resume.
According to the report, Congress has a week left to reach a budget deal to avoid the first government shutdown since 1996.
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