Today, the stalemate over re-opening the government continued. There were no reported meetings today with government leaders. However, President Trump has scheduled a prime-time television address for Tuesday night to discuss the situation at the border.
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. Several Senators have pledged to oppose any legislation on the Senate floor that is not related to re-opening the federal government. The House plans to begin passing individual appropriations bills to re-open all government agencies, starting with the Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill.
As a reminder, NTEU-represented agencies currently under a lapse of appropriations are: IRS and other Department of Treasury Offices and Bureaus, CBP and FLETC, CFTC, EPA, FCC, FDA, FEC, NPS, PTO, SEC, and USDA.
I will keep you updated on further developments. For more information, please visit NTEU’s Legislative Action Center.