Unions endorse budget deals, with reservations

The major federal employee unions have endorsed the Feb. 9 congressional and White House budget agreement that could put an end of months of shutdown threats and shutdowns—and many of the priorities that will be better funded under it.

“Congress can now get to work properly funding agencies for the remainder of the fiscal year and the next, instead of being mired in persistent threats of government shutdowns and the wasteful reliance on short-term continuing resolutions,” National Treasury Employees Union President Tony Reardon said in a press release.

The union release noted that it has long called for the end of the sequester and spending caps—and that it endorses the “increased spending levels this deal provides to non-defense agencies for the remainder of the 2018 fiscal year and through 2019,” the release said.

“Most federal agencies have been limping by on borrowed time for far too long due to harmful sequestration cuts,” the American Federation of Government Employees said in a statement. “This budget will give agencies much-needed resources to invest in the taxpayer programs and services that the public expects and deserves.”

Both unions expressed reservations about the deal. AFGE, for example, noted that the bill that passed leaves the line-by-line budget items to be passed later, with a deadline of March 23. NTEU’s Reardon said he was disappointed that the IRS was not given an “immediate funding increase,” since it has remained without adequate resources for years.


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Tue, Feb 13, 2018

What the AFGE doesn't say in a statement, "They'll never bite the hand that feeds."

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