The 116th Congress was sworn into office today, and one their first orders of business is to vote on a funding bill that would reopen the government.
The House is set to vote later today on legislation providing full-year funding for six of the seven remaining appropriations bills and a continuing resolution (CR) through Feb. 8 for the Department of Homeland Security. The package includes the Senate-passed 1.9 percent pay increase and back pay for furloughed employees.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already indicated that he will not bring the legislation to the Senate for a vote.
As the shutdown drags on for a 13th day, NTEU continues to press Congress and the administration to reopen the government and ensure all federal employees promptly get paid when the government reopens. NTEU is persisting in efforts to secure a 1.9 percent pay raise this year.
As the new Congress convened, President Reardon wrote to every House and Senate member.
In his letter, Reardon conveyed concerns from NTEU members who are cutting back on basic living expenses, asking about unemployment and worried about paying government-issued credit card bills. “All employees impacted by the shutdown, both furloughed employees and those still working and not getting paid, have the same immediate financial worries,” he wrote.
Also today, NTEU worked with other federal employee unions and associations as part of the Federal-Postal Coalition to urge the president and Congress to reopen the government and promptly pay all federal employees when the shutdown ends.
“Delayed payments have a real economic cost—interest charges, late fees, lowered credit scores, loss of trust from creditors or landlords,” wrote the coalition of 30 organizations representing active and retired federal employees.
NTEU Makes News
President Reardon and NTEU members have been front and center in the media discussing the impact of the shutdown on their personal lives, taxpayer services and the national economy.
Earlier today, Reardon was the guest on 1A, a daily news show on National Public Radio. The NTEU leader and members from a range of NTEU-represented agencies were interviewed on CNN, MSNBC, NBC and ABC affiliates and in multiple news articles. See how NTEU made news.