Update on Government Funding

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

A dark contrast photo of the US Capitol against cloudy gray skies.At this time, the current Continuing Resolution (CR) is set to expire at midnight Friday night, March 23. If Congress has not passed, and the administration has not enacted, either an omnibus or another CR by Friday night then a lapse in appropriations would occur triggering a shutdown.

Congress is still working to finalize an omnibus spending bill that will fund the federal government for the remaining six months of FY 2018, but has not yet released the bill as it is reported that there are outstanding policy items that need to be resolved. It has been reported that an omnibus spending bill may be released soon, allowing time for Congress to act before the deadline. However, there has also been some talk of a potential short-term CR and a weekend session.

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.

Agency ShutdownIt is unnerving to federal employees that we face a possible third government shutdown in 2018. NTEU is working to ensure adequate agency funding levels at NTEU-represented agencies in the expected funding measure, as well as to remind Congress to act to keep federal employees on the job and paid on time should Friday’s funding deadline be missed.

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.