As you know, funding for federal agencies will expire Friday night, December 22, at midnight. To date, Congress has been focused on tax legislation. Now that the tax bill has passed both chambers, negotiations are underway for a government funding deal. However, at this time, with just two days left before a lapse in appropriations, the path forward is unclear.
It has been reported that the House may propose a Continuing Resolution (CR) that would continue all agencies operating at current funding levels through January 19, 2018, with some potential additional defense and veterans’ health provisions. While some of the more contentious issues such as immigration and health care appear to have been pushed into early next year for consideration by Congress, other issues such as disaster funding, extension of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program remain in the mix further complicating efforts to reach a deal on overall defense and non-defense spending levels.
NTEU-supported legislation to ensure that federal employees are paid in the event of a government shutdown is expected to be introduced in both the House and Senate. NTEU has worked with Senator Cardin (D-MD) and Virginia Representatives Beyer (VA-8-D) and Wittman (VA-1-R) on this needed legislation for federal employees and their families.
Nonetheless, it is imperative that Congress and the Administration work together to keep the federal government open.
I will keep you updated on further developments.
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