Today, the Senate has been unable to advance yesterday’s House-passed CR that would keep these agencies funded through February 8 at current funding levels plus the President’s requested $5 billion for border wall procurement and construction funds.
As a reminder, several NTEU-represented agencies are currently operating under a Continuing Resolution (CR, P.L. 115-298) that expires shortly at midnight: IRS and other Department of Treasury Offices and Bureaus, CBP and FLETC, CFTC, EPA, FCC, FDA (portions), FEC, NPS, PTO, SEC, and USDA.
Negotiations are ongoing between the White House and Congress; however, the deadline for a lapse in appropriations for these agencies is less than six hours from now. A short time ago, Senate Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Schumer announced that there is agreement to find an agreement and that the next bill that comes to the Senate floor for consideration must be agreed to in advance by the White House and both chambers’ congressional leaders.
NTEU-supported legislation to ensure back pay for furloughed employees in a shutdown has been introduced in both congressional chambers- Senator Cardin’s (MD-D) S. 2274 and H.R. 7368 sponsored by Representatives Beyer (D-VA) and Wittman (R-VA). Senator Cardin and Senator Van Hollen (MD-D), and other allies, are working this evening to pass this legislation. NTEU is also pressing for the 1.9 percent pay raise language to be part of a final funding measure.
It is simply unfair to federal employees, and their families, that elected officials have waited until the last minute to try and tackle major funding decisions. I will keep you updated as the White House and Congress continue to negotiate on a potential funding agreement. However, it is hard to see how such an agreement and its passage in both chambers occurs this evening prior to the start of a shutdown.
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