As of Wednesday afternoon, neither congressional chamber has considered a Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 funding measure. With agency funding set to expire midnight Friday, April 28, both Congress and the President must act to prevent a government shutdown due to a lapse in appropriations. While negotiations appear to have reached an agreement on the issue of border security funding, and as of late this afternoon over health care issues, several items remain to be settled. As the week continues, it becomes less likely that the House and Senate will have enough time to pass an agreement before Friday, increasing the chances that Congress will move a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR). However, negotiators have not confirmed plans for a stopgap spending measure, which continues the risk of a shutdown.
NTEU worked with Senator Cardin from Maryland and Representatives Beyer and Wittman of Virginia on bipartisan legislation to ensure that all federal employees would be paid in the event of a shutdown—both individuals required to work unpaid and those furloughed. In addition, the Senate bill, S. 861, the Federal Employee Fair Treatment Act, would also allow federal employees remaining on the job to take scheduled annual leave and sick leave as needed. The Senate bill has 16 cosponsors.
NTEU is urging those on Capitol Hill and in the White House to swiftly finalize and enact a long-term spending deal that provides adequate funding for agencies and keeps federal employees on the job and paid on time.
I will continue to keep you updated on the funding situation as we head closer to the deadline.