The President has signed an appropriations measure, H.R. 6157, that provides Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 funding for several agencies as well as a Continuing Resolution (CR) for other agencies that have otherwise not received FY19 appropriations, thereby preventing a partial government shutdown on Monday.
The measure signed today, the so-called Minibus III, includes the Defense-Labor-Health and Human Services (non-FDA) and Education FY19 appropriations bill, as well as a CR for agencies lacking funding after Monday. The CR will last through Friday, December 7, 2018, for those agencies. The following NTEU-represented agencies will operate under a CR through December 7: IRS and other Department of Treasury Offices and Bureaus, CBP and FLETC, CFTC, EPA, FCC, FDA (portions) FEC, NPS, PTO, SEC, 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.)
While I am pleased that another shutdown has been prevented, it is disappointing that our elected officials have again waited until the last final moments to act, and that once again many agencies are left with short-term funding only.