The House and Senate returned this week to begin working on remaining legislative business during the lame duck session of the 115th Congress. As you know 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. 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.
There remain several outstanding policy and funding issues that need to be resolved by Congress and the administration in the remaining FY 2019 appropriations bills before the 7th or a lapse in appropriations would occur for the above agencies. In addition to working to pass the remaining full-year spending bills, there are reports that Congress is considering another temporary stop-gap CR that would last until Friday, December 14th, as well as a full-year CR. While keeping agencies open, a full-year CR would reduce the amount of funding for important programs since overall FY18 funding for non-defense discretionary spending is 3.7 percent lower than the limit negotiated earlier in February under a bipartisan budget deal for FY19 (P.L. 115-123). Specific language to provide federal workers with a pay increase would also need to be included in a CR as an “anomaly,” which are usually limited in nature.
As Congress and the White House work to resolve differences on the outstanding appropriations bills, NTEU will continue to advocate against a 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. For more information visit the NTEU Legislative Action Center.