Today, the U.S. Senate adopted a funding measure, H.R. 6157, by a vote of 93-7 that would provide select agencies, including the NTEU-represented Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Hearings Operations at the Social Security Administration, with full year funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, while also keeping other agencies, including the IRS and CBP, operating under a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) through Friday, December 7th. At this time, it is expected that the House of Representatives will act on this legislation when it comes back into session next week. However, the White House has not yet announced whether it supports Congress’ plan for a CR for some agencies, meaning the possibility of a shutdown (or select agency shutdowns) on Monday, October 1st remains.
Additionally, negotiations continued today on a separate funding measure, H.R. 6147, consisting of the Interior and Environment, Financial Services and General Government (FSGG), Agriculture, and Transportation and Housing and Urban Development bills. As a reminder, the Senate-passed FSGG bill contains a 1.9% federal employee pay increase for January, overriding the President’s plan to freeze pay, while the House-passed FSGG measure remained silent on an adjustment. One of the chief items that currently remains under consideration in these ongoing negotiations is whether or not to include language requiring a federal employee pay raise for January.
NTEU continues to urge legislators to provide federal employees with a pay increase, and to avoid interruptions to agency operations- and to employee paychecks- with the start of the next fiscal year. I will keep you updated on all FY19 funding issues, as well as the status of the January pay raise. To see what you can do, visit the Legislative Action Center.