Federal Managers Association
- FMA STATEMENT ON HOUSE PASSAGE OF CONTINUING RESOLUTION – November 15, 2023
Alexandria, VA – On November 14, the House of Representatives approved the Further Continuing Appropriations and Other Extensions Act, 2024 (H.R. 6363), a two-tiered continuing resolution (CR) that would avert a government shutdown, by a vote of 336-95. The current CR expires on Friday, November 17. If signed into law, H.R. 6363 would fund the departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Energy, Veterans Affairs and Agriculture through January 19, 2024. All other federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, would be funded through February 2, 2024. The Senate is expected to vote on the measure this week. Federal Managers Association (FMA) National President Craig Carter made the following statement in response to the House action:
“The Federal Managers Association is relieved the House acted in a bipartisan manner to keep the government funded and prevent a shutdown as we approach the holiday season. It will keep America’s hard working federal employees on the job, ensuring Americans will continue to receive the vital services they provide.
“While we support this short-term Band-Aid, and urge the Senate to approve it, I need to reiterate that CRs hinder the ability of the government and the military to plan for the fiscal year ahead. They reduce our buying power and increase costs to taxpayers and the government. As a result of the uncertainty a CR creates, billions of dollars are wasted. We are disappointed Congress once again has to rely on a CR to keep the government running.
“We continue to urge both chambers of Congress to return to regular order and fully fund Fiscal Year 2024 as soon as possible. The House has proven it is able to work in a bipartisan fashion, and FMA urges all Representatives to continue their bipartisan efforts. Providing regular appropriations is critical to enabling federal workers and agencies to carry out their crucial missions on behalf of the American people.”