The House of Representatives has passed the so-called minibus III, H.R. 6157, by a vote of 361-61, consisting of full-year funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 for the Department of Defense and Labor-HHS-Education bills as well as a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) for some agencies that would last through Friday, December 7th. This bill includes funding for NTEU-represented employees at HHS (non-FDA), SSA, and DOD. The Senate cleared the measure last week, and it now heads to the President for his signature. Earlier this afternoon, President Trump indicated he will sign this funding measure into law in order to prevent a partial government shutdown on Monday.
If signed into law, while some appropriated agencies will have received full year FY19 funding, others would operate under a CR through December 7th. For NTEU-represented agencies, the following agencies would be covered by the CR: IRS and other Department of Treasury Offices and Bureaus, CBP and FLETC, CFTC, EPA, FCC, FEC, NPS, and USDA (please note many agencies have a mix of funding sources-appropriations, fees, trust and working capital funds- so each agency can have employees covered under different funding sources and laws).
I will keep you updated on the status of all FY19 funding issues, as well as NTEU’s ongoing efforts to secure a pay raise in January as Congress and the Administration continue to address agency funding.