Last night, congressional leadership unveiled the two-thousand-page text of an omnibus appropriations measure (Senate amendment to H.R. 1625) that would fund federal agencies for the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2018. As you know, at this time, the federal government is operating under a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) with funding expiring Friday at midnight.
The $1.3 trillion omnibus appropriations measure resulted from last month’s bipartisan budget deal (P.L. 115-123) that addressed sequestration by lifting both defense and nondefense discretionary spending caps for FYs 2018 and 2019.
Of note to federal employees, the omnibus measure does not target or harm federal employee due process rights, pay, retirement or health care benefits, or federal employee labor organizations. And, the federal workforce scored a victory with NTEU-supported language in the omnibus that maintains the moratorium on agency A-76 conversions, particularly at a time when the Administration and some in Congress are focused on outsourcing federal functions to the private sector.
House leadership has announced that the House plans to begin its consideration of the funding measure today. As you know, there is a tight deadline before current funding expires at midnight between Friday and Saturday, which would trigger a shutdown absent swift action from both congressional chambers and enactment by the President.
I will keep you posted on further developments as they occur.