Congress Fails to Act on a Short-term CR; Government Remains Shutdown

Seal of the United States Senate
Seal of the United States Senate

Last evening, the U.S. Senate failed to come to agreement and act on a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) that would have allowed agencies to operate as normal on Monday. Senate Leader McConnell has scheduled a floor vote on a short-term CR that would keep agencies operating through Thursday, February 8, at noon Monday. It is unclear at this time whether this measure can gather the 60 needed votes to advance. If it were to clear the Senate tomorrow, the House of Representatives would also need to act on this funding measure.

NTEU continues to work with members of both the House and Senate to highlight the shutdown’s impact on federal workers—whether they are deemed excepted and remain on the job unpaid, or are furloughed.

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. On Saturday, Senator Cardin, followed by Senator Brian Schatz on Sunday evening (D-HI), sought to have the Senate approve the Cardin pay bill, but the legislation was blocked by the Majority, as the Senate remains in an overall holding pattern, and has not come to agreement on any of the various funding and policy issues before it.

NTEU knows federal workers are unfairly caught up in our elected officials’ continued inability to govern. NTEU will press for them to take action so that all employees are paid as quickly as possible.

I will keep you updated on further developments. 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.