Congress has been working to pass Fiscal Year (FY) 19 appropriations bills in small groups, each called a “minibus,” as opposed to an omnibus appropriations bill, consisting of all 12 appropriations bills. On Friday, the President signed so-called minibus I, H.R. 5895, consisting of full-year funding for the Energy (including the NTEU-represented Department of Energy) and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs funding measures into law.
Last week, the Senate passed minibus III, H.R. 6157, consisting of full-year funding for the Department of Defense and Labor-HHS-Education bills (including the NTEU-represented Department of Health and Human Services and Social Security Administration) as well as a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) that lasts through Friday, December 7th for those agencies not otherwise yet receiving full-year funding (including the NTEU-represented IRS and CBP).
As the October 1st FY19 funding deadline nears, this measure is expected to be considered on the House floor this week. At this time, the White House has not announced whether it supports Congress’ plan for a CR for some agencies to operate under through December 7th, and whether or not the President will sign the bill.
While Congress is acting to prevent agency shutdowns on Monday, October 1st, it remains unclear if the President will enact Congress’ short-term funding plan, meaning that the potential for a partial government shutdown on October 1st remains.
I will keep you updated on the status of all FY19 funding issues.