Shutdown Update

Clock Ticks for Congress

Agency ShutdownThe latest continuing resolution (CR) expires tomorrow at midnight and federal employees once again are facing the threat of a government shutdown.

Late yesterday, House leadership introduced a short-term CR funding measure that would keep agencies funded at FY2017 levels through Feb. 16. This bill also includes a six-year reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and a two-year delay implementing the “Cadillac” tax, a 40-percent excise tax on employer-provided health care plans, including those in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP).

A dark contrast photo of the US Capitol against cloudy gray skies.At this time, it is unknown whether the CR will have enough votes to pass. Congress has had months to decide on defense and non-defense spending levels for FY 2018, immigration, and other critical policy issues.

NTEU is working tirelessly to keep the government open and in the event of a shutdown, supports the Federal Employee Fair Treatment Act (S. 2274). This legislation makes sure federal employees who are furloughed or forced to work without pay during a shutdown are compensated fully and quickly when the government re-opens. The bill also allows those required to work during a shutdown to take scheduled annual or sick leave while the government is closed.

This is a very fluid situation and NTEU will provide updates for members through additional emails, on its dedicated shutdown page and on its Facebook page.

NTEU Keeps You Informed

Woman on a couch with notebook computer on lapIn the event of a shutdown, federal employees who may be furloughed will not be permitted to access their government email until the government re-opens.

Please make sure NTEU has your most updated personal email address and cellphone number (to receive urgent text message alerts):

  1. Log into NTEU.org.
  2. Once on the Members page, click on the ‘Update My Contact Information’ link.
  3. Update your information and click the ‘Update’ button.

NTEU has a dedicated shutdown page for its members with breaking news and updates. Check back often for the latest information.

Author: chapterpresident

I have worked in the FDA since 1990 in a variety of positions. I currently serve as chapter president of NTEU Chapter 254, representing FDA employees in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.