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Unions urge Senate to pass spending bill

In the midst of a contentious and chaotic public health emergency and election season, the last thing the country needs is a federal government shutdown.

And with mere days before an Oct. 1 deadline, federal employee unions are urging the Senate to pass a bill to fund the government to avoid what all stakeholders agree would be a calamity.

The House of Representatives on Sept. 22 passed its version of a stopgap spending bill, by a vote of 359-57. That resolution would fund government agencies and necessary obligations through Dec. 11.

The American Federation of Government Employees is pressing the Senate to get moving on this urgent matter.

“We strongly urge the Senate to pass this bill without delay and President Trump to sign it into law,” Everett Kelley, AFGE’s president, said in a statement.

“Failing to fund the federal government past the end of the month would cause massive disruptions for employees and all citizens who depend on them -- including those currently suffering from the pandemic and natural disasters,” Kelley said.

The union president noted that feds are on the frontlines, right now, fighting coronavirus, dealing with damage and preparation for more during this hurricane season and wildfires in the western United States.

The National Treasury Employees Union joined AFGE and other organizations pushing hard for the Senate to follow the House, pass the bill and fund the government in advance of any interruption in funding. The unions regard the House bill favorably, and note it is relatively uncomplicated and simply awaits quick Senate passage.

Reader comments

Mon, Oct 5, 2020

Senate (McConnel) get off your lazy cans and do some credible work for once in your listless careers of bilking the American taxpayer. You all have slammed federal employees way to much over the years and hopefully in November you all will be out of jobs. You are all bloated lazy slobs with way too much compensation and perks.

Wed, Sep 30, 2020

We need to avoid a shutdown for sure. And get the Senate to vote for that relief billtoo.

Wed, Sep 30, 2020

The idiot minions in congress and senate could not find their way out of a two open ended paper bag. They are lazy, do nothing over paid bloats who have enriched their pocket books at the expense of the tax payers and hard working federal employees. Vote as many incumbents out of office this November and maybe we can start over.

Tue, Sep 29, 2020 sam

A shutodwn? Can't happen. Senate has to act. They are also trying to work out the relief bill too though. So will that fight delay any funding of the government?

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