Letters Sent to Congress Regarding Shutdown and Federal Employee Pay

Update on the current lapse in appropriations and NTEU actions.

Two FDA investigators inspecting a lot of imported canned food in a warehouseOn behalf of affected frontline federal employees across this nation- both furloughed and on the job- and all going unpaid, NTEU National President Tony Reardon has sent letters to both Senators and Representatives urging them to do their jobs to re-open the government, guarantee paychecks, and provide a deserved pay raise.

Christmas tree in front of the U.S. CapitolAt midnight last night in the absence of congressionally-approved and enacted funding by the president, the Continuing Resolution (CR) keeping many federal agencies open expired causing a shutdown. Negotiations over the seven remaining FY 2019 appropriations bills continues today between the White House and congressional leaders.

As a reminder, NTEU-represented agencies now under a lapse of appropriations are: IRS and other Department of Treasury Offices and Bureaus, CBP and FLETC, CFTC, EPA, FCC, FDA (portions), FEC, NPS, PTO, SEC, and USDA.

I will keep you updated on developments. For more information, please visit the 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.