House Passes Short-Term Continuing Resolution

Seal of the U.S. House of RepresentativesThis evening, the House of Representatives passed a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR), H.R. 195, to continue funding federal agencies at FY17 levels until February 16, 2018, by a vote of 230 to 197. The current CR expires at midnight tomorrow. The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration where its fate is uncertain.

At this time, there is still no agreement between Congress and the administration on defense and non-defense spending levels for FY18, as well as other policy issues that may be included in a long-term spending deal.

Legislation championed by NTEU to ensure that federal employees are paid in the event of a government shutdown has been introduced in the House — H.R. 4827 — by Virginia Representatives Beyer (VA-8-D) and Wittman (VA-1-R), and the 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, as they face a potential interruption and loss in pay.

As we move ever closer to the funding deadline, it is essential that Congress and the Administration act to ensure federal employees are paid on time, and on legislation to guarantee that all federal employees are paid as quickly as possible following a shutdown.

I will keep you updated on further developments. For more information, please visit the NTEU Legislative Action Center.