NTEU Sends Letter to Congressional Leaders Urging Action to Keep All of the Government ​Open and for All Employees to be Properly Compensated

Today, on behalf of NTEU members working at agencies operating under a Continuing Resolution, Tony sent a letter to congressional leaders urging them to act to avert a partial government shutdown.

Christmas tree in from of the U.S. CapitolAs you are aware, the current Continuing Resolution that is keeping many agencies operating expires this Friday evening. Seven of the 12 annual appropriations bills remain outstanding for Fiscal Year 2019. This includes the following NTEU-represented agencies: 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 and programs covered under different funding sources and laws, and some agencies can maintain some or all of their operations from monies that have been collected prior to the lapse, leading to disparate closures and operations across and within agencies.

As I shared with you yesterday, there is no current legislative path forward, and we are dangerously nearing Friday’s deadline.

NTEU National President Tony Reardon
NTEU National President Tony Reardon

Today, NTEU National President Tony Reardon urged leaders on Capitol Hill, through this letter, to act to prevent these agencies from closing their doors for the third time this year—keeping employees (be they excepted or furloughed) from being paid on time and creating chaotic last-minute work and holiday schedules. I remain hopeful that our nation’s elected officials will yet find a way to properly fund all agencies and keep all employees paid during the holidays.

I will keep you updated on this situation. For more information, please visit NTEU Legislative Action Center.

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.