Congress and the White House remain at an impasse over funding decisions for parts of the federal government and the current Continuing Resolution (CR) for agencies that did not receive full-year Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 funding expires midnight on Friday night,
With the services for former president George H.W. Bush taking place this week, Congress has altered scheduled plans and so far has announced that there will be no votes in the House for the week. The President indicated over the weekend that he would be open to a short-term CR given this week’s events, and Congress is now working to craft a short-term CR—both a one-week (through December 14) and two-week CR are being considered (through December 21) though no formal plan has been announced or moved on the floor of either chamber.
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.
As Congress and the White House work to resolve differences on the outstanding appropriations bills as part of a longer-term solution, 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 resulting shutdown for some agencies, NTEU will work to ensure Congress provides prompt pay for impacted employees.
I will keep you updated on all developments this week. For more information, visit the NTEU Legislative Action Center.