With just hours until tonight’s deadline, there is still no funding agreement and it’s unclear whether a partial government shutdown will be averted.
The Senate failed to advance yesterday’s House-passed continuing resolution that would keep agencies without full-year appropriations funded through Feb. 8 at current levels plus the president’s requested $5 billion for a border wall.
A short time ago, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that there is agreement to reach a compromise. Negotiations are ongoing between the White House and Congress, but the midnight funding deadline for these agencies is hours from now.
In a positive development, NTEU congressional allies in the Senate worked successfully to pass legislation ensuring back pay for federal employees who are furloughed. Similar legislation is pending in the House.
NTEU is also pressing for the 1.9 percent pay raise language to be part of any final funding measure.
As a reminder, the following NTEU-represented agencies are currently operating under a continuing resolution that expires midnight tonight: The IRS and other Department of Treasury Offices and Bureaus, CBP and FLETC, CFTC, EPA, FCC, portions of the FDA FEC, NPS, PTO, SEC, and USDA.
NTEU Defends Federal Employees
National President Tony Reardon took to the media today to set the record straight on insensitive and unacceptable comments from some lawmakers about the personal toll of a shutdown on federal employees and their families. These members of Congress claimed that federal employees signed up for this or couldn’t possibly be harmed by the loss or uncertainty of a paycheck.
“It is easy to make those comments when Congress and their staffs are being paid,” President Reardon said. “It is easy to make those comments when there is no penalty for not doing your work on time. It is easy to make those comments when you are not worried about the next rent payment or an unexpected medical bill or having gifts for your children under the tree.”
He also recognized and thanked those members of Congress who are supporting federal employees during any potential shutdown.
Shutdown Resources for Members
NTEU continues to update our members-only shutdown page with breaking news and helpful resources. New to the page are a section with links to OPM unemployment insurance resources and new FAQs from OMB. Visit NTEU.org/shutdown. While you’re on the page, click on “Update My Contact Information” and be sure you have a personal email address and cell phone number on file so NTEU can reach you if there is a shutdown.