At this time, Congress does not have a deal to fund federal agencies past Friday night, March 23, when the current Continuing Resolution (CR) expires. As you know, the last CR increased the budget caps for defense and non-defense spending and the six-week CR was to provide appropriators time to write actual spending bills for the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 with the increased budget authority. It has been reported that the omnibus spending bill could be on the House floor as soon as next week, however it is unclear if House and Senate negotiators have reached a final agreement on agency spending levels and the numerous policy riders that may be attached to the bill.
It is nearly six months into FY 2018, and we are still operating under a CR. It is imperative that Congress and the administration continue working together to keep the federal government open and employees paid on time.
NTEU is working to ensure adequate agency funding levels at NTEU-represented agencies. I will keep you updated on further developments.