President Donald Trump signed the 2019 spending bill into law, securing a 1.9 percent pay raise for federal employees that will be retroactive to Jan. 1.
In today’s Federal Newscast, Senate Democrats said more than 300,000 federal employees will be furloughed if Congress can’t come to a deal on seven remaining appropriation bills.
Before the end of 2018, Congress needs solutions for seven unfinished appropriations bills, plus a definitive answer on federal employee pay.
Negotiations over a proposed 1.9 percent pay raise for civilian federal employees have stalled in Congress, even as many agencies secure full-year appropriations for the first time in decades.
The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said he’s confident President Trump will sign a “minibus” package of 2019 spending bills, despite threats to veto in the last round of budget talks.
Lawmakers have struck a deal to give the Veterans Affairs Department its biggest budget yet but still lack a long-term plan to fund the agency’s new community care program under the VA MISSION Act.
Senate version of Defense funding bill would require detailed examination of MHS Genesis by the Government Accountability Office.
The Trump administration seeks to cut more than $63 million from the IG offices at five agencies, according to its fiscal 2019 spending plan.
Congress is further along in the annual appropriations process than it usually is at this point in August, but that doesn’t mean contractors should drop planning for the possibility of a government shutdown.
The Senate included a 1.9 percent federal pay raise in a series of four appropriations bills, which it passed Wednesday. The Senate proposal differs from both the House version and the White House’s recommendation.