Update on Government Funding for Fiscal Year 2019

selective focus photography of open signageAs I reported to you yesterday, both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives have now passed a funding measure (H.R. 6157) that provides full-year Fiscal Year (FY) 19 funding for several agencies, including the NTEU-represented HHS (non-FDA), SSA, and DOD. The bill also includes a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) for some agencies that lasts through Friday, December 7. If signed into law, the following NTEU-represented agencies would operate under a CR through December 7: IRS and other Department of Treasury Offices and Bureaus, CBP and FLETC, CFTC, EPA, FCC, FEC, NPS, and USDA (please note many agencies have multiple funding sources-appropriations, fees, trust and working capital funds- so each agency can have employees covered under different funding sources and laws.) Yesterday, the President stated that he would sign the measure into law preventing a partial government shutdown that would otherwise begin midnight October 1, the start of the new fiscal year (midnight between Sunday and Monday).

A dark contrast photo of the US Capitol against cloudy gray skies.Earlier today, congressional leaders reported that ongoing negotiations to advance another so-called “minibus” (or package of appropriations bills), specifically the Transportation-HUD, Agriculture, Financial Services, and Interior-Environment measure (H.R. 6147) had run into scheduling issues with not enough remaining time available for floor consideration given the House’s planned departure tomorrow until after the mid-term election in November.

I will keep you updated on the status of the President’s signing of the funding measure to avert a partial government shutdown on Monday.

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.