Today, the Senate Budget Committee considered and advanced its Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Resolution. Unlike the House Budget Resolution, H. Con. Res. 71, which passed the House of Representatives earlier today by a vote of 219-206, the Senate Budget Committee’s budget resolution does not contain instructions to cut federal employee benefit programs.
The Senate will be in recess the week of October 9, but is expected to consider its Budget Resolution when the Senate returns and is in session the week of October 16. Upon the expected Senate passage, House and Senate negotiators will then meet to produce a conference agreement. Although there were no amendments impacting federal employee benefits considered at today’s Senate Budget Committee markup, it is possible that such amendments could be offered and pass during Senate floor consideration or that the Conference Committee accepts language cutting federal employee benefit programs from the House Budget Resolution.
NTEU has worked with Senate allies to keep federal employee benefit programs intact, and I am pleased to report that our efforts have succeeded so far. Rest assured that NTEU will continue our fight to protect our members’ livelihoods.
I will keep you informed on further developments over the next few weeks as details become available.