The House of Representatives has passed a measure (H.J. Res. 123) that extends a CR by two weeks through Friday, December 22. The CR would allow agencies to continue operating at current funding levels. The Senate is expected to act soon on this two-week CR to avert a lapse in appropriations tomorrow at midnight. The White House has issued a statement of administration policy for the President to sign the two-week CR.
This afternoon, the President met with congressional leaders to discuss averting a shutdown and on overall funding issues that includes funding levels for the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, sequestration (spending caps for defense and non-defense spending for FY 2018 and 2019), the debt limit, and immigration and health care issues.
Yesterday, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin reported to Congress that as of tomorrow, when the temporary suspension of the debt ceiling ends, he will use “extraordinary measures” to prevent a default by halting the sales of certain securities. The CR that has kept the government operating since the fall suspended the debt limit through December 8. The new two-week CR measure does not include any language addressing the debt limit.
While House passage of a two-week CR is positive for purposes of tomorrow’s funding deadline, further legislative and administration action await on major funding issues. NTEU continues to urge Congress to avert a shutdown, and to act so that federal employees are paid on time, and to prevent the country from simply veering from one CR to the next. For more information, please visit the NTEU Legislative Action Center.
I will keep you updated on further developments.