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Congress Returns to Another Government Funding Deadline

Congress returns from the Thanksgiving recess to a familiar priority: passing government funding bills. However, none are scheduled to hit the House or Senate floors this week.

Lawmakers face a mid-January deadline to fund the government or enter a partial government shutdown. The current continuing resolution keeps agencies funded at current levels through either Jan. 19, 2024, or Feb. 2, 2024, depending on the agency.

With the holidays approaching, Congress does not have much time to act on appropriations bills before the first deadline of Jan. 19. House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) announced that he will not pass another short-term spending bill, raising the stakes for a shutdown given House Republicans continue to push for significant cuts to agency funding that Democrats oppose.

NTEU will continue to press lawmakers to avoid a government shutdown and provide adequate full-year funding for the remainder of this fiscal year.

It’s Giving Tuesday—Consider Donating to FEEA

Wondering who to support this Giving Tuesday? Consider the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA).

FEEA provides emergency assistance for federal employees impacted by natural disasters, financial hardships or other unforeseen events. Each year, FEEA also awards merit-based scholarships to federal employees and their family members.

Donate to FEEA here or through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) #11185.

Make the Most of Consumers’ Checkbook

Did you know that Consumers’ Checkbook's Online Guide offers more than an interactive comparison tool?

It also has a library of easy-to-understand guides on health benefits for active and retired federal employees. You can get a breakdown of FEHBP plans and guidance on whether a standalone FEDVIP dental or vision plan is best for you. There’s also information for federal retirees on when Medicare comes into play and what changes to plan for and consider.

Be sure to check out the frequently asked questions about the FEHBP. For those needing more assistance, you can send your benefit questions directly to Checkbook’s experts for personalized answers.

All of this is available to NTEU members at no cost. Open season runs through Dec. 11, so take advantage of this tool before time runs out.

Learn more about Open Season and browse Consumers’ Checkbook.

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