The latest on the Shutdown from NTEU

 

TO: Chapter Presidents and Legislative Coordinators

 

RE: Update on the Shutdown and FY19 Government Funding

SUMMARY: An update is provided on government funding for Fiscal Year 2019 for agencies currently in a lapse of appropriations.

As a reminder, the following NTEU-represented agencies are currently under a lapse of appropriations: IRS and other Department of Treasury Offices and Bureaus, CBP and FLETC, CFTC, EPA, FCC, FDA, FEC, NPS, PTO, SEC, and USDA.

 

On Monday Senate Republicans released a $354.5 billion fiscal 2019 spending package that would fund federal agencies through Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 and contains several immigration and border security provisions, as announced by the President on Saturday, as well as disaster assistance funds. Votes are scheduled for Thursday in the Senate: the first vote will be on the Senate Republican proposal and the second is a Continuing Resolution (CR) to February 8th with additional funds for disaster assistance. Both measures require 60 votes for passage. The House also plans to vote on its package of the pre-conferenced appropriations bills (H.R. 648) this week.

 

Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced legislation today to prevent future government shutdowns in the event of funding lapses. The Stop STUPIDITY (Shutdowns Transferring Unnecessary Pain and Inflicting Damage In The Coming Years) Act would automatically renew funding for all aspects of government, besides the legislative branch and president’s office, at the same level as the previous year.

 

On day 32 of the government shutdown, NTEU is urging Congress and the Administration to pay impacted employees immediately and end this needless suffering. I will keep you updated on further developments. For more information, please click here.

 

 

Anthony M. Reardon

National President

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