Today, senior congressional staff met with Vice President Pence and senior administration staff to discuss re-opening the government and border security. Reports are that little progress was made and that they will meet again tomorrow. As you know, the President indicated yesterday the government shutdown might continue for a very long time, even years. It was reported today that a White House official indicated that if no agreement is reached by the middle of next week, the shutdown could last until the end of January.
Legislation to re-open government has been sent from the House to the Senate, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has said that he will not bring up any legislation to re-open the government that does not have President Trump’s support. Today House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced that next week the House would begin passing individual appropriations bills to re-open all government agencies, starting with the Department of the Treasury and the IRS to make sure working families receive their tax refunds on schedule.
As we enter the third week of the government shutdown, NTEU is continuing to work with government leaders to end this shutdown, ensure that all employees are paid promptly, and restore government services.
I will keep you updated on further developments. For more information, please visit NTEU’s Legislative Action Center.