By a vote of 66 to 32, the U.S. Senate has cleared the short-term spending measure (H.R. 1370) that passed the House of Representatives earlier this afternoon to avert a lapse in appropriations at midnight tomorrow. The Continuing Resolution (CR) funds federal agencies at current levels through January 19, and now heads to the President for enactment. The measure also temporarily delays the January 15, 2018, deadline for needed action on sequestration relief for Fiscal Year 2018 which absent any action will trigger cuts to federal programs and agencies (under the Budget Control Act).
I am pleased that a shutdown has been averted, and that federal employees will not see a disruption to their pay and schedules over what for many is a holiday weekend. Lawmakers will return to Washington in the new year again facing a short deadline on major spending decisions, and NTEU will work to ensure that agencies are adequately funded and that federal employee hard-earned pay and benefits are not targeted or reduced.