Today, as Congress and the administration move closer to a government shutdown, NTEU National President Tony Reardon sent letters to every legislator in the House and Senate urging them to act to ensure that federal employees are paid on time, and on legislation to guarantee that all federal employees are paid as quickly as possible following a shutdown.
In his letter, Tony noted how federal employees work and live in every district and state in the country, and perform a multitude of jobs important to the American people. He also stressed how the lack of a paycheck adversely impacts not only hundreds of thousands of American families, but also local economies and small businesses.
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 on these bills, 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.
It is the job of Congress and the administration to keep shutdowns from happening, but should one occur, they must act to ensure that federal workers, who have no say in the matter, are paid.
For more information, please visit the NTEU Legislative Action Center.