|Clock Ticking Toward Funding Deadline|
Clock Ticking Toward Funding Deadline
The current continuing resolution (CR) that is keeping the federal government funded runs out Friday at midnight. As we move closer to that deadline, Congress continues to work toward a final deal that includes an omnibus funding bill for the remainder of the current fiscal year and a coronavirus relief bill. While the negotiations are reportedly close to being complete, the package has yet to be formally introduced—the first step in getting it voted on in the House and Senate and sent to the White House for presidential signature.
Here are three scenarios for what may happen over the next few days:
1. Deal Reached; Work Completed
2. Negotiations Continue; CR Passes
3. Negotiations Continue; CR Does Not Pass; Government Shuts Down
Any government shutdown is harmful for federal employees, agencies and taxpayers. NTEU is pushing Congress to take the steps necessary to complete its work while keeping the government open. This is a fluid and potentially quick-moving situation.