President talks shutdown—again—while lawmakers seek deal before Feb. 8 deadline
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Feb 06, 2018
Which is it going to be? That’s what everyone in political Washington and the federal workplace wants to know. Could there really be another federal government shutdown, come the morning of Feb. 9?
While the House has passed a bill to fund the government through March 23, as of today the Senate has yet to act. Most worrying of all, on Tuesday Feb. 6, the official word from the White House, and the president himself, were “I’d like to see a shutdown if we don’t get this stuff taken care of.”
The “stuff” the president was referring to was an immigration deal, between those, including the president, pushing for substantial funding for a border wall and those who don’t want that but do want a quick resolution to the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals—the dreamers. Many analysts are skeptical of a deal, though, as political leaders have skirmished for over a year on these matters now. Hence, there may well be a shutdown—be it short or perhaps longer than the last one, which lasted from the close of Jan. 19 until a CR was passed on Jan. 22.
Federal employee unions continue to protest the wasteful and chaotic actions from the political players they see as responsible for the continuing stalemate.
“We are now facing a fourth shutdown threat in a fiscal year that is four months old with the latest continuing resolution (CR) set to expire on Thursday, Feb. 8,” Tony Reardon, National Treasury Employees Union president, warned in a recent statement. “That means federal employees are facing the uncertainty, stress and disruption of a possible government shutdown all over again.”
“Short-term spending bills have become the norm when Congress jumps from one crisis to another and can’t agree on full-term, stable funding,” Reardon continued. “This is bad for agencies, federal employees and the American public.”
“This repetitive cycle of CRs prevents agencies from doing any long-term budgeting or planning, or getting the necessary funding to deal with increasing workloads,” Reardon said. “And instead of serving the public, agencies must shift resources and staffing to prepare for potential shutdowns, wasting taxpayer money and compromising the public’s access to critical services. “