As 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).
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.