NTEU National President Tony Reardon sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives and to the U.S. Senate urging our legislators during negotiations with the White House to provide stable and adequate funding for federal agencies for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2018. In particular, Tony asked Congress to provide relief to federal agencies, and to employees, by lifting the current caps on non-defense discretionary spending (sequestration). Tony also asked our elected officials to act on longer-term funding measures, as careening from one short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) to another does not allow for proper program and budget implementation and constantly interrupts agency activities to address the possibility of a lapse in appropriations.
However, given that we are again fast approaching a possible government shutdown, Tony also reminded legislators of the importance of keeping the federal government open, with employees on the job and paid on time. While another short-term CR is not desirable, at a minimum it would prevent federal employees from being furloughed or required to work without pay, as Congress and the administration continue to negotiate over overall spending levels and certain immigration and health care priorities.
Tony also sent a letter [signed by 95 House members led by Representatives Steny Hoyer (D-MD-5), Elijah Cummings (D-MD-7), Gerry Connolly (D-VA-11), and Jamie Raskin (D-MD-8)] to congressional leadership urging them not to target federal employee compensation amidst ongoing discussions on a grand spending deal.
I will keep you posted on developments regarding the government funding deadline, and NTEU will continue its efforts with our allies on Capitol Hill to assure that federal employees do not bear the brunt of a lack of governance that keeps on operating from one CR to the next.
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