Today, the government shutdown tied for the longest shutdown in U.S. history, reaching 21 days. However, the stalemate does not show signs of ending.
No votes were held in the Senate today while the House continued its effort to pass individual appropriations bills. The Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, H.R. 266, passed the House by a vote of 240-179. Following the Senate’s action yesterday, the House also passed the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act, S. 24, by a vote of 411-7. This NTEU-supported legislation would ensure that all federal employees are paid promptly following a government shutdown and that those employees who are required to work during a shutdown are allowed to take leave. President Trump has agreed to sign the bill.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) also released a new fact sheet today addressing pay and benefits issues for employees impacted by the shutdown. The document contains information that is already available on OPM’s website but is presented in a consolidated format.
As the government shutdown enters the record books and employees are missing their first paychecks, NTEU will not stop fighting to reopen the government and get employees paid. We will continue to tell your stories and make sure that our government leaders understand that closing federal agencies has a real and tangible impact on you, your families, and the American people.
For more information and to see what you can do, please visit the NTEU Legislative Action Center.