NTEU (National) view on Appropriations Deal

The measure approved by Congress provides funding through March 23 allowing Congress time to appropriate funding for federal agencies for the remainder of fiscal year 2018 at the higher levels set by the agreement.

This spending agreement should end the series of continuing resolutions and shutdown threats that have constantly overshadowed the federal workforce since the October start of the fiscal year.

NTEU supports the increased spending levels this deal provides to non-defense agencies. We’ve argued all along that the spending caps needed to be lifted to provide adequate resources and staffing for agencies to carry out their missions, such as securing our ports of entry, protecting consumers from fraud, inspecting food and medicine, enforcing clean air and water laws, and collecting our nation’s tax revenue.

NTEU is pleased the agreement includes funding for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, which helps recruit and retain highly-skilled employees. 

The agreement does not include a funding increase for the IRS, which is currently in the middle of the filing season and implementation of the most sweeping tax reforms in 30 years. However, the statement of principles accompanying the budget agreement includes support for additional IRS funding in the fiscal year 2018 appropriations process to come over the next six weeks.

In the coming weeks, NTEU will be engaged in the appropriations process to secure adequate funding for all NTEU-represented agencies.

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