With agency funding set to expire tomorrow, Friday, April 28th, and no funding measure yet cleared, the threat of a government shutdown continues. However, there is still time for Congress and the President to act tomorrow to avert a lapse in agency appropriations.
Late Wednesday, House leadership introduced a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) spending bill (H.J.Res. 99) to continue government operations through May 5, 2017, to allow time for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 spending bill to be finalized and passed by both chambers. At present, neither chamber has yet considered this stopgap funding measure.
NTEU worked with Senator Cardin from Maryland and Representatives Beyer and Wittman of Virginia on 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.
Once again our elected officials have brought the government to the brink of a shutdown, interrupting agency operations with shutdown preparations, and imperiling federal employee paychecks.
I will keep you updated on further developments.