NFFE Government Shutdown Center

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Monday, November 6th Update:

As you know, Congress avoided a shutdown at the end of September by passing a continuing resolution that funds the government through November 17, 2023. If Congress does not come to an agreement on additional funding measures by midnight November 17th, the U.S. Government will enter a shutdown.

NFFE President Randy Erwin and headquarters staff will be holding Zoom call to discuss preparations for a potential government shutdown Wednesday, November 15 at 2:00pm ET.

Zoom Link:

This call will be similar to the call that was held prior to the last near shutdown in September (above).

Sunday, October 1st Update:

Congress passed a 45 day Continuing Resolution late Saturday night to avert a government shutdown.

Thank you for your efforts in contacting your representatives to urge them to avoid a shutdown. Through solidarity within our union, as well as other federal employee labor unions, we were able to influence Congress to act in our best interest and avoid a shutdown.

Below is the statement NFFE issued to the press on Sunday.

Washington, D.C. – Today, the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) applauds passage of the 45-day Continuing Resolution (CR) that advanced through Congress late last night. National President Randy Erwin released the following statement regarding the CR:

“Federal employees across the country are relieved that Congress was able to reach a bipartisan agreement to fund our government and avert a shutdown. Approximately 1.5 million federal employees who were set to lose their pay can sleep easy knowing their income is not going to be cut off because Congress could not do its job.”

“I applaud House and Senate leaders for finding a way to get this done when a day ago a shutdown seemed unavoidable. I am encouraged by the bipartisanship displayed today and hopeful that it will be more common going forward in this Congress.

“We are very pleased to see the looming pay cliff for wildland firefighters has been averted for the next month and a half. We still desperately need a permanent fix on wildland firefighter pay, and we need it soon, but at least wildland firefighters can go to work tomorrow knowing their paycheck has not been cut in half.”

Friday, September 29th Update:

As expected, Speaker McCarthy refused to consider the Senate CR. The House instead voted on and failed to pass a radical short-term spending measure. This means we are headed towards a shutdown barring a last minute miracle. We will provide updates as they become available. Please reach out if you have any questions and be sure to check back here for more info.

Thursday, September 28th Update:

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has indicated that he and the House of Representatives will NOT take up the Senate Continuing Resolution (CR). If this is true and McCarthy refuses to consider the CR, it is all but certain that the government will shut down at midnight on Saturday.

There is a powerful statement within the House Republican Caucus regarding how to proceed towards ending a shutdown should it take place. This may be indicative of a long-term shutdown.

President Erwin met with Speaker McCarthy's office yesterday. They reported that Speaker McCarthy has no intention of allowing the Wildland Firefighter pay cliff to happen. NFFE is continuing to have discussions with House and Senate leadership to ensure the pay cliff is addressed by Congress before we enter a shutdown.

NFFE National President Randy Erwin and NFFE leadership had a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer today. Discussions were focused on the potential shutdown and the need to avert the wildland firefighter pay cliff.

Monday, September 25th Update:

The National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) is closely monitoring the situation on Capitol Hill regarding government funding which is set to expire on September 30th.  NFFE has been in contact with congressional leadership requesting that Continuing Resolution (CR) is passed quickly to avoid shutdown.  NFFE’s message to congressional leaders is simple:

Most federal workers live paycheck to paycheck, and they are paid at lower levels than their private sector counterparts.  A shutdown for any length of time is devastating to federal workers and their families.

As a reminder, NFFE fought hard to pass the 2019 Government Employee Fair Treatment Act which ensures that in the event of a funding lapse, all furloughed employees will receive their pay retroactively upon the government reopening. However, while passing this law was a great victory for federal employees, it does little to bring financial relief to workers for the duration of a shutdown.

In addition to preparing personal finances to cover bills and other expenses a shutdown, NFFE recommends the following steps to stay safe at work and stay in touch if forced to into a furlough:

  1. Report to Work as usual unless your agency informs you in writing that you are officially furloughed. Otherwise, you risk an unexcused absence if you are not furloughed.
  2. Sign Up for alerts using your personal email.
  3. Write to Congress telling them NO to a government shutdown.
  4. Follow NFFE on Facebook @NFFEunion, and Twitter @NFFE_Union
  5. Gather personal phone numbers and non-gov emails to communicate with members.
  6. Post this memo at your workplace and help spread the word.
  7. Review your personal finances and prepare for the possibility of delayed paychecks.
  8. Help NFFE members with access to emergency loans through the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA), on which NFFE serves on the board of directors. For more information, visit the FEEA website at

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