Federal Government Shutdown Continues


At midnight on December 21, 2018, multiple federal government agencies went into shutdown mode of non-essential services and personnel. The partial federal government shutdown has occurred because fiscal year (FY) 2019 appropriations funding for the affected agencies has not yet been approved by Congress and signed into law by President Trump. These agencies (the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Department of Homeland Security, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, the Interior, Commerce, and Justice) had been operating on a continuing resolution that expired on December 21, 2018.

The sticking point to passing the remaining FY 2019 appropriations measures is President Trump's request for funding to build a barrier/wall on the U.S. Southern Border. The new 116th Session of Congress was sworn into office on January 3, 2019. Democrats now control the U.S. House of Representatives, while the Republicans control the U.S. Senate. Both President Trump and the Democrats appear to be digging in their heels. Congress has passed a bill (S. 24) to pay federal government employees impacted by the partial shutdown as soon as their agencies are reopened, and President Trump has stated he will sign it.

APWA will continue to monitor the situation and work with the Administration and Congressional offices to ensure public works interests are represented in all negotiations. If you are being impacted by the federal government shutdown in your department, agency, or projects are stalled as a result, please contact APWA Director of Government Affairs Andrea Eales at aeales@apwa.net or (202) 218-6730. Knowing the impact on our members can be helpful in our discussion with Congressional offices and the Administration.