Update on Government Funding and the 2019 Pay Raise

Update on the status of government funding for Fiscal Year 2019 for agencies currently operating under a Continuing Resolution and on efforts to secure a pay raise for federal employees.

Chapter President David Arvelo in front of the U.S. Capitol
Chapter President David Arvelo in front of the U.S. Capitol

Both the House and Senate have returned to Washington this week with ten days remaining before a potential partial government shutdown. The current Continuing Resolution (CR)—for agencies that have not received 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. 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.)

House Republican leaders are scheduled to meet with the President later today to discuss a path forward on spending, following a similar meeting between the White House and Senate Republican leaders. While various end-of-year issues remain that need to be resolved between the administration and Congress, the main obstacles are differences in immigration policies and priorities. Failure to come to an agreement could trigger a lapse of appropriations for the above agencies on December 7th—unless Congress and the White House act to provide full or partial year funding—or even a second short-term CR.

As Congress and the White House work to resolve these issues, NTEU is pressing Congress to avoid shutting down agencies and interrupting pay checks of affected employees. We are also urging Congress to override the President’s planned pay freeze by including a pay raise in January for federal employees in whatever legislation advances. Today, NTEU National President Tony Reardon wrote to every single member of the House and the Senate making clear our priorities for the federal workforce.

I will keep you updated on these developments as we near a possible third shutdown for 2018.

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.

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