Senate Fails to Advance House-Passed CR, Triggering Shutdown

Seal of the United States SenateLast night, the U.S. Senate failed to advance (by a vote of 50-49, 60 votes being needed) the House-passed short-term Continuing Resolution (CR), H.R. 195, which would continue funding federal agencies at FY17 levels until February 16, 2018. Both the House and Senate are scheduled to be in session today to consider potential additional short-term funding measures.

NTEU is working with members of both the House and Senate to ensure federal workers—whether they are deemed excepted and will remain on the job unpaid, or are furloughed, are paid quickly once Congress and the Administration act on a funding measure.

NTEU strongly supports Senator Cardin’s (D-MD) bill (S. 2274) and Representatives Beyer (D-VA) and Wittman’s (R-VA) bipartisan legislation (H.R. 4827) that would ensure retroactive and swift pay. Senator Cardin also offered his bill yesterday as an amendment to the House-passed CR (S. Amdt. 1912 to H.R. 195), and plans to continue to offer it to whatever funding measure is considered over the weekend in the Senate.

NTEU knows this is a challenging time for our members who once again face delayed and loss of pay, and further disruptions in the workplace, no matter the agency and individual status amidst a shutdown.

I will keep you updated on further developments over the weekend.

For more information, visit the NTEU Legislative Action Center .

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.