On Friday, December 8, the current Continuing Resolution (CR) funding federal agencies will expire. Congress must vote to pass a CR, an omnibus appropriations bill, or some combination thereof, and the President must sign the measure into law, to avert a shutdown.
House Republican leaders today postponed action on a short-term CR, as they do not currently have the votes for their planned CR through December 22. A faction of the House Republican caucus is instead promoting a CR through December 30, and talks are ongoing within the caucus to determine what short-term funding measure can pass on the House floor. A Thursday meeting is also currently scheduled between the President and Senate Majority Leader McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Schumer, Speaker Ryan, and House Minority Leader Pelosi. In addition to immediate funding issues, these discussions center on sequestration (the so-called spending caps for FY18 and beyond), the debt limit, funding levels for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2018, and immigration and health care issues.
NTEU is urging Congress and the President to avert a shutdown, and to act so that federal employees are paid on time. NTEU strongly supports Senator Cardin’s (D-MD) legislation, S. 861, that requires all federal employees to receive back pay in the event there is a shutdown. The bill also provides for the availability of leave for those who remain on the job during a shutdown. A similar House bill will be re-introduced this week by Representatives Beyer (D-VA) and Wittman (R-VA).
For more information, and to learn what you can do, please visit the NTEU Legislative Action Center.
As we approach Friday’s funding deadline, I will keep you updated on developments.