|Capitol Hill Preview: Congress to Return from August Recess with a Packed Plate|
Capitol Hill Preview: Congress to Return from August Recess with a Packed Plate
The House returns for a few days next week from its August recess to continue work on a sweeping economic package.
Last week, the Senate approved a budget resolution for fiscal year 2022, the first step in passing the president’s American Families Plan and American Jobs Plan. The House must next pass the budget resolution, then congressional committees must write the reconciliation bill. The budget resolution includes spending levels to fund a list of policies intended to be included in the final budget reconciliation bill. Senate Democrats have provided a list that includes an NTEU-supported paid family leave program and additional funding for the IRS.
Once Congress returns again next month, it needs to pass legislation funding the federal government before the beginning of the next fiscal year and legislation to address the debt limit, which the nation is expected to reach this fall. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is urging Congress to act swiftly.
As you may recall, the House passed a fiscal 2022 appropriations package before adjourning for the recess. The package, which includes seven of the 12 annual appropriations bills, would provide funding boosts for many NTEU-represented agencies, continue the ban on funding new outsourcing activities and protect collective bargaining rights. The bill is silent on a pay raise, letting the administration's proposal for a 2.7 percent increase stand, for now. The Senate has not passed any of its funding bills to date.
NTEU will continue to fight for priorities important to our members including a fair pay raise, adequate agency funding and a broader paid family leave program.