Earlier today, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced plans for the Senate to vote on a continuing resolution (CR) to fund until Feb. 8 those federal agencies that don’t yet have full year appropriations. However, there is no schedule for actually bringing the measure to the Senate floor, and the possibility of a shutdown remains.
Should the CR be approved by the Senate, it would still require passage in the House and the president must sign it before Friday at midnight to avert a partial government shutdown.
NTEU-represented agencies still without full year appropriations include the IRS and other Department of Treasury Offices and Bureaus, CBP and FLETC, CFTC, EPA, FCC, portions of FDA, FEC, NPS, PTO, SEC and USDA.
While the Senate-planned temporary funding measure would avoid a partial shutdown during the holiday season, the union is deeply disappointed that it does not contain language providing a pay raise for federal employees under the General Schedule, leaving in place the president’s proposed pay freeze. The Senate already approved a 1.9 percent increase, which NTEU pressed lawmakers to include in whatever funding agreement is reached for the remainder of the fiscal year. As recently as yesterday, National President Tony Reardon wrote to congressional leaders urging them to include a federal employee pay raise in any end-of-the-year funding measure. NTEU will continue to press Congress for a pay increase, even retroactive in nature, in the new year when Congress grapples with longer-term funding.
NTEU is also disappointed that today’s released CR text does not include provisions for any funding increases or flexibilities for NTEU-represented agencies. In particular, the planned CR does not include the remaining $77 million needed for the IRS to implement the new tax law.
Now and when lawmakers resume spending negotiations in the new Congress, NTEU will continue to fight for a pay increase and adequate agency funding. We will keep you updated on developments in Congress, and you can check NTEU’s shutdown page at any time for news, FAQs, and resources.
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