February 8, 2019
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Another Shutdown? Not Sure…
House and Senate conferees are working through the weekend to arrive at an agreement between the two chambers to fund the rest of the government through 2019 and appease the White House on border security. While many members of congress seem optimistic, an agreement is still in progress but few on Capitol Hill are prepared to take bets on whether Trump will sign the bill.
Assuming that congress passes a bill next week, and it is then sent to the president for signature, Trump has several options available:
  1. He can sign the bill immediately which will keep the government open. 
  2. He can delay signing the bill for up to 10 days, as provided by the Constitution. 
  3. He can veto the bill which returns it to congress for an override vote. 
  4. He can choose to not sign the bill which may bring a legal fight between the Congress and the White House on whether the bill is law or a pocket veto and therefore, not law.
What This Means for You
Since all the scenarios mentioned above end with a government shutdown (except for option 1), NFFE is encouraging its members to prepare for another shutdown at the end of next week, February 15 th . NFFE continues to fight the good fight on Capitol Hill, and more events to protest a potential shutdown are in the planning process. In the meantime, this is what you can do to help:

  • Attend the “No More Shutdowns” Rally on the east side of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, February 12 from Noon until 1:30 PM.
  • Send your personal email (or any non-gov email) to jatkins@nffe.org to stay in touch with us during a shutdown.
  • Volunteer or seek volunteers for the NFFE member media speakers list. NFFE is always seeking active and retired feds to speak to the press, local and national, for print and on-air interviews. NFFE communications staff will coach you and advise active feds how to keep safe from ethics violations or retaliation. Plus, you can always say No to any media inquiry. For more information, contact Brittany Holder at bholder@nffe.org
No Backpay Yet? We Want to Know
If you have not received back pay or are experiencing ongoing irregularities regarding your pay, especially related to the last shutdown, tell us about it. Send an email to Brittany Holder at bholder@nffe.org
TSP Offers Temporary Flexibility on Loans Regardless of Pay Status
The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is offering flexibility on its loan programs to help federal workers get through the shutdown recovery period. For more information please visit: https://www.tsp.gov/whatsnew/Content/index.html
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