Update on Shutdown and FY19 Government Funding

US Capitol in the background with a sign reading, “Government Shutdown,” in the foregroundToday, 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.

Sign reading, “sorry, we’re closed,” handing from a wooden doorLegislation 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.  

NTEU member picketing in Washington, D.C., holding a sign that reads, “public service deserves public respect”As we end day 17 of the government shutdown, NTEU is continuing to work with government leaders to end this shutdown and restore government services.

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.

Author: chapterpresident

I have worked in the FDA since 1990 in a variety of positions. I currently serve as chapter president of NTEU Chapter 254, representing FDA employees in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.

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