In December, Congress passed another Continuing Resolution (CR) funding the federal government at Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 levels until midnight January 19, 2018. Negotiations on overall defense and non-defense spending levels, as well as disaster funding, immigration and health care issues, and other expiring provisions are ongoing.
Republican leaders in the House are working on another CR that would continue current spending levels for federal agencies into mid-February, likely February 16. However, it is unclear at this time what additional provisions may be in the measure, and whether it can garner enough votes to pass. Until Congress and the White House agree upon overall spending levels for FY 2018 and address sequestration, no action can occur to determine individual agency funding levels for the remainder of FY 2018.
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 a week away from a possible government shutdown once again. 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.