Update on Government Funding

Congress and the administration have until midnight next Friday, March 23, to fund the government.

A dark contrast photo of the US Capitol against cloudy gray skies.At this time, Congress has not finalized or acted on legislation to fund federal agencies past next Friday night, March 23, when the current Continuing Resolution (CR) expires. If Congress has not passed, and the administration has not enacted, either an omnibus or another CR by next Friday night, then a lapse in appropriations would occur triggering a shutdown.

As you know, the last CR was part of larger legislation that increased the budget caps for defense and non-defense spending and the current six-week CR was to provide appropriators time to write actual spending bills for the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 with the newly-increased budget authority. It has been reported that an omnibus spending bill could be released by early next week, giving House and Senate negotiators a few more days to reach a final agreement on the outstanding funding and policy issues.

Agency ShutdownIt is ridiculous that nearly six months into FY 2018 the federal government is still operating under a CR—in fact the fifth CR for the fiscal year and that once again our elected officials have failed to act on funding legislation a week out from the deadline. NTEU is working to ensure adequate agency funding levels at NTEU-represented agencies in the expected funding measure and to ensure that Congress acts to keep federal employees on the job and paid on time.

I will keep you updated on further developments.

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.