Update on Shutdown and FY19 Government Funding

The US CapitolToday the House and Senate were in session but did not take any action to address the shutdown. Tomorrow the 116th Congress convenes, with Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives while Republicans maintain control of the Senate. The House has announced plans to take up legislation to reopen agencies by passing full-year funding for six of the seven remaining appropriations bills and a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) for the Department of Homeland Security that would last until February 8th. Included in the package is the Senate-passed 1.9% pay increase (1.4% across the board increase plus 0.5% locality pay) as well as back pay for those employees impacted by the shutdown. Yesterday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called me to discuss efforts to reopen the federal government. On the call, Senator Schumer voiced his commitment to standing with NTEU and federal workers. Continue reading “Update on Shutdown and FY19 Government Funding”