The government avoided a shutdown by passing a bill to fund the government into early December. Jessica Klement, staff vice president of policy and programs at NARFE, discussed what a government closure would have meant for federal employees.
- Klement said it is now a law that employees know they will get paid eventually in a shutdown but do not know when, creating stress that “hardly seems worth these partisan fights.”
- She said the recent shutdown conversations also included talks about the debt ceiling, the infrastructure package and the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill.
- Klement said the Covid-19 pandemic could cause more employees to be deemed essential in the event of a shutdown.