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  • Please see this latest update from AFGE Legislative Director Tom Kahn on the CR/Potential Government shutdown
    Updated On: Jan 20, 2018
    call your Senators and your Representative in Washington at (844) 669-5146, and at their district offices at (888) 775-3148 to tell them: end the shutdown!
    Please see the latest update being reporte on the Government shutdown: 1/20/18 Last night the federal government ran out of money, forcing a government shutdown. Thousands of workers like us will be furloughed or forced to work without pay, all because Congress and the administration can’t agree to a funding bill. AFGE is making calls, lobbying, and talking to the press about the importance of the work that you do. But we need your help. Call your Senators and your Representative at their offices in Washington at (844) 669-5146, and then at their local offices at (888) 775-3148 to tell them: Do your job and end this shutdown now! We will also host a telephone town hall Monday, January 22 at 8 p.m. Eastern to discuss our plan of action. We will send a reminder message, but the call-in information is as follows: Call-in: 1-877-229-8493 Code: 110858# In the meantime, call your Senators and your Representative at their offices in Washington at (844) 669-5146, and then at their local offices at (888) 775-3148. Our voices and stories need to be heard if we are ever going to stop the cycle of Congress and the Administration playing politics with your job. ?With less than 36 hours to avoid shutdown of nonessential government services and no solution in sight, congressional leaders spent Thursday offering their spin on who will be to blame if a deal cannot be struck,? Roll Call reports. ?Notably missing amid the rhetoric ? Republicans pointing to Democrats as the issue and the minority saying the majority is at fault ? were predictions leaders had made in recent weeks that there would be no government shutdown.?

    IMPORTANT: This information should not be downloaded using 1government equipment, read during duty time or sent to others using government equipment because it suggests action to be taken in support or against legislation. Do not use your government email address or government phone in contacting your lawmakers. 

    TPM: ?The threat of a government shutdown seems to be growing by the minute as a raft of Senate Democrats announced they won?t back a one-month extension of government spending on Thursday, while House Speaker Paul Ryan?s promise he can pass the plan in his chamber looks increasingly uncertain.? We will continue to keep you posted with updates tomorrow, but we are encouraging everyone to call their Senators and Representative ASAP in Washington at (844) 669-5146, and at their district offices at (888) 775-3148 to tell them: Don?t shutdown the government! Again in the event there is a government shutdown, please join us for a shutdown telephone town hall on Monday, January 22 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern. We will discuss ways to take action to fund the government again. We also ask that all members to share this flyer with their coworkers, or drop it on their desks on your lunch break, if it is allowed by your collective bargaining agreement or past practice. Call in number: 1-877-229-8493 Pass code: 110858# For more information on the shutdown and the town hall, click here. If a funding bill is passed by Monday evening, there will be no call. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone?s home email address. ### end of update ### this Friday, January 19, the government will run out of money. And unless Congress passes a clean budget, the government will shut down. If the government shuts down, workers like us could go without pay - and millions of working Americans who depend on the services and benefits we provide would be left out in the cold. The country depends on us. We cannot allow Congress to play politics with our jobs and our pay. Call your lawmakers NOW at 202-224-3121 and tell them: pass a budget and keep the government open! Workers like us ensure the safety and security of the public at home and abroad, research cures for deadly diseases, keep our air, water, and food safe for consumption, and process benefits for countless seniors, veterans, and disabled Americans every day. Call your Senators and your Representative in Washington at 202-224-3121 to tell them: we do our job serving the country every day. It?s time you do your job. No government shutdown! Congress has already procrastinated on fully funding the government 3 times by passing short-term spending bills. They cannot continue kicking the can down the road and playing politics with our jobs and pay at the expense of the American public. This is our chance to stop a shutdown. Call your lawmakers at 202-224-3121 now. In solidarity, AFGE Our calls and letters to lawmakers helped stop the shutdown, and we will need to keep up that action in 2018. The 2013 shutdown resulted in a $24 billion hit to the U.S. economy. We can?t afford another one, and we can't afford the proposed budget cuts that would hurt all working people. The challenges in 2017 taught us that by joining together we can win. For now, let's celebrate our good fortune and health with family and friends. Thank you for all that you do. In solidarity, AFGE

    IMPORTANT: This information should not be downloaded using 1government equipment, read during duty time or sent to others using government equipment because it suggests action to be taken in support or against legislation. Do not use your government email address or government phone in contacting your lawmakers. 

    Please see this latest update from AFGE Legislative Director Tom Kahn on the CR/Potential Government shutdown: 

    “There remains enormous uncertainty over the CR’s timing, contents, and chances for passage. The House and Senate passed the tax bill and are now turning to the CR. All parties assert they don’t want a shutdown but the two sides are still very far apart. The biggest disagreement is over the level for non-defense spending. Senate Ds are demanding that non-defense receive the same increase as defense. Republicans are rejecting that request and insisting non-defense get only a very modest increase.  They also disagree about what unrelated items can be attached to the CR. Here are some of the items being considered: CHIP, emergency hurricane and fire funding, Dreamers, opiate funding, funding for union pensions, a patch for Choice, ACA stabilization funding and waiver of Statutory PAYGO law which will trigger across the board cuts in spending, including Medicare.  Republicans are demanding a somewhat clean CR whereas Democrats support attaching a number of additional items. 
     
    Today, House Republicans plan to send a badly flawed spending bill to the Senate which can never pass the Senate and Paul Ryan knows it. That spending bill will contain full funding for the Pentagon with a large DoD increase while funding the rest of government at a low level and for only a couple weeks.  While Republicans likely have the votes in the House to pass this bill, it will die in the Senate because Senate Democrats are strongly opposed to it and have the power to block it.  The only leverage Democrats have is blocking the defense increase until Republicans agree to nondefense increases along with some of the add-ons like CHIP. The Senate will send back to the House a short-term CR funding all government, including DoD, until January 12 or possibly January 19. And Senate Ds will include some of the additional items like CHIP. The big question is whether Ryan is able to pass the CR in the House that the Senate sent it? The Freedom Caucus and Tea Party Republicans will oppose the Senate CR and the only way Ryan can get it passed is to get Democratic support, an approach he will resist. My educated guess is that Congress will pass another short-term CR and Ryan will turn to the Democrats for support. But that won’t happen until late Thursday or sometime Friday. Admittedly, that is a somewhat optimistic prediction and no one can rule out the possibility that the divisions and disagreements between the House Republicans and Senate Democrats and the disagreements between Ryan and McConnell will lead to a failure to pass the CR in time and thus a shutdown.”

    We will continue to keep you posted on developments, but the bottom line is Congress needs to fully fund the government ASAP. We encourage all members to call your Senators and your Representative in Washington at (844) 669-5146, and at their district offices at (888) 775-3148 to tell them: Don’t shut down the government!

    In the event there is a shutdown at midnight on Friday and it lasts longer than Monday, we plan to also host a tele-townhall on Tuesday, December 26th at 8 p.m. Eastern to discuss our plan of action. We will send a reminder message to all members if it’s necessary. In the meantime, please call your Senators and your Representative in Washington at (844) 669-5146, and at their district offices at (888) 775-3148 and urge them to fully fund the government before midnight on Friday. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone home email address. 

    We will continue to keep you posted on developments, but the bottom line is Congress needs to fully fund the government ASAP. We encourage all members to call your Senators and your Representative in Washington at (844) 669-5146, and at their district offices at (888) 775-3148 to tell them: Don’t shutdown the government!

    In the event there is a shutdown at midnight on Friday and it lasts longer than Monday, we plan to also host a tele-townhall on Tuesday, December 26th at 8 p.m. Eastern to discuss our plan of action. We will send a reminder message to all members if it’s necessary. In the meantime, please call your Senators and your Representative in Washington at (844) 669-5146, and at their district offices at (888) 775-3148 and urge them to fully fund the government before midnight on Friday. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone home email address. 


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