While Congress successfully kicked the can down the road on appropriations, the clock is still ticking to the new expiration date. The current continuing resolution ends on December 20, and time is running out on the 12 FY20 funding bills. On the table are pay increases for federal employees, but Jessica Klement, staff vice president for policy and programs at NARFE, says these have an uncertain future.
“Worst case scenario, December 20th rolls around and we are no closer to getting appropriation bills done. Maybe Congress does Defense, maybe they do Labor H, those two tend to move in tandem, but the other stuff isn’t done. So now we take a CR into the new year,” Klement says. “Worst case scenario is that CR in the new year does not include a pay raise, action defers to the president, and the president reverses course again.”