The President has informed House Republican leadership at a meeting at the White House that he will not sign the Senate-passed Continuing Resolution (CR) that the House had been scheduled to consider and advance to the President today for enactment. The short-term funding measure (amended H.R. 695) passed unanimously last night by the Senate would keep those agencies currently operating under a CR that expires tomorrow night funded at current levels through Friday, February 8. The President has indicated he will not support the measure as it lacks funding for the White House’s border security priorities.
As a reminder, the following NTEU-represented agencies are currently operating under a CR (P.L. 115-298) that expires tomorrow night that absent further action would trigger a lapse in appropriations: IRS and other Department of Treasury Offices and Bureaus, CBP and FLETC, CFTC, EPA, FCC, FDA (portions), FEC, NPS, PTO, SEC, and USDA.
NTEU is pressing for our elected officials to do their jobs by keeping all agencies open, with employees paid on time. A shutdown will not only interrupt important government services, but it will also severely disrupt employees’ planned holiday schedules (as these agencies begin to inform employees if they would be furloughed or excepted during a lapse in appropriations). NTEU strongly supports Senator Ben Cardin’s (D-MD) legislation to ensure back pay for furloughed employees in the event of a shutdown and to allow all employees to take scheduled leave, and similar bipartisan legislation sponsored by Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA) and Rob Wittman (R-VA), and will work to ensure these bills are acted upon.
At this time, Speaker Paul Ryan has indicated the House may consider other funding measures that would attempt to keep the government open but include border funding.
I will keep you updated on further developments, but the possibility of a shutdown is growing with no agreed-upon legislation or path forward a day out from the current CR’s deadline.
For more information, please visit the NTEU Legislative Action Center.