The President is scheduled to meet with congressional leadership tomorrow to discuss short-term (averting a government shutdown) and longer-term funding issues (remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 funding and sequestration). The House is expected to consider a measure (H.J. Res 123) tomorrow that would extend a CR by two weeks—thereby keeping the federal government operating at current funding levels through December 22. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated his plan is for the Senate to act on this CR. However, as of today, neither congressional chamber has acted on a funding measure to avert a lapse in appropriations on Friday at midnight. And, major differences remain over overall funding levels for the remainder of FY 2018, as well as 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, please visit the NTEU Legislative Action Center.
I will keep you updated on further developments.