On day sixth of the shutdown the U.S. Senate briefly gaveled into session, but no votes were held as there is no agreed-upon funding bill to consider. Neither the full Senate nor U.S. House of Representatives is currently scheduled to return to Washington for votes until after the New Year’s holiday next week. At this time, there are no indications that the shutdown will end soon.
Earlier today, NTEU National President Tony Reardon spoke with Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) who is spearheading bipartisan, NTEU-supported legislation in the House to guarantee back pay for furloughed employees and to ensure paychecks are fast-tracked for all affected employees as soon as the shutdown ends. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)’s similar bill, S. 2274, cleared the Senate unanimously last Friday night. Tony thanked Rep. Beyer for his leadership on this bill and we agreed that middle-class federal employees should not be left uncompensated with mortgages, rent, credit cards, and other bills to pay. And, like other Americans, many federal employees live paycheck to paycheck, so going without pay or delayed pay is simply not possible and should not be how the U.S. government treats its workforce. NTEU will continue to press for House consideration of this measure.
I will keep you updated on further developments. For more information, please visit NTEU.org.