In December, Congress passed another Continuing Resolution (CR) funding the federal government at FY17 levels until midnight January 19, 2018. Negotiations on defense and non-defense spending levels, as well as disaster funding, immigration and health care issues, and other expiring provisions are ongoing between the White House and Congressional leaders. It is expected that even if a deal is reached, another CR would be needed to provide House and Senate Appropriators time to write a new omnibus appropriations bill.
Legislation championed by NTEU to ensure that federal employees are paid in the event of a government shutdown was introduced last month in the House — H.R. 4694 — by Virginia Representatives Beyer (VA-8-D) and Wittman (VA-1-R), and Senate — S. 2274 — by Senator Cardin (D-MD). NTEU worked closely with these offices and the many others who have cosponsored this important legislation for federal employees and their families.
It is unbelievable that we are in the second quarter of FY18 without a final spending agreement, and the threat of a government shutdown is once again on the horizon. This is no way to run the federal government. NTEU continues to urge elected officials to act to keep agencies open and federal employees paid and on the job. I will keep you updated on further developments.
For more information, and to see what you can do, please visit the NTEU Legislative Action Center.