Congress Expected to Pass Two-Week Continuing Resolution

Congressional leaders are considering to a two-week continuing resolution (CR) that would push back the shutdown deadline to Friday, Dec. 21. The measure is expected to pass on Thursday, and the president is expected to sign it, averting a lapse in appropriations at many agencies on Friday night.

Congress passed two large appropriations bills in September providing full-year funding for many federal agencies, while others are operating under a continuing resolution. The following NTEU-represented agencies are currently operating under the CR: IRS and other Department of Treasury Offices and Bureaus, CBP and FLETC, CFTC, EPA, FCC, portions of FDA, FEC, NPS, PTO, SEC and USDA.

Following the death of former President George H.W. Bush, lawmakers postponed a series of votes, leaving little time to reach an agreement on a long-term spending deal for these agencies. Congress and the White House have not come to an agreement on immigration-related priorities, so the potential for a partial government shutdown remains.

In the event of a shutdown for some agencies, NTEU will work to ensure Congress provides prompt pay for impacted employees. Learn more about our efforts here.