The House and Senate are out of session this week for the Thanksgiving holiday. When Congress returns the week of November 26th, there will be two weeks remaining before the current Continuing Resolution (CR)—for agencies that did not receive full-year Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 funding—expires midnight on Friday night, December 7th.
The following NTEU-represented agencies are currently operating under the CR: 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, such as FDA, have multiple funding sources—appropriations, fees, trust and working capital funds—so each agency can have employees covered under different funding sources and laws.
There remain several outstanding policy and funding issues that need to be resolved by Congress and the administration before the 7th. Failure to do so could result in a lapse of appropriations for any agencies that do not receive full or partial year funding—or a subsequent short-term CR. Over the weekend, President Trump told reporters that there could be a government shutdown, stating that “this would be a very good time to do a shutdown,” before stating that he does not believe one will be necessary.
As Congress and the White House work to resolve differences on the outstanding appropriations bills, NTEU will continue to advocate against any shutdown and to press for adequate funding for our agencies as well as for a pay increase for federal employees. In the case of a shutdown for some agencies, NTEU will work to ensure Congress provides prompt pay for impacted employees.
I will keep you updated on these developments.