Conceding a federal shutdown as a done deed, a dismayed Gov. Bob McDonnell is bracing a state heavily dependent on Washington spending against fiscal mayhem.
McDonnell on Monday announced state safeguards in case Congress is unable to compromise on government funding.
McDonnell says that depending on how dire a blow Virginia feels from possible furloughs or inability to pay the federal share of some state workers' salaries, the state has two contingencies to ease the burden.
Virginia's new Federal Action Contingency Trust -- enacted this year with such a calamity in mind -- has about $13 million available.
The Republican governor said he'd also consider "authorized deficit loans," or borrowing against pledged federal reimbursements, to keep some affected federal-state programs such as some social services initiatives on track.