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EPA will “effectively shutdown” without stopgap funding

Environmental Protection Agency EPA shut down stopgap funding government Congress Gina McCarthy

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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