FMA STATEMENT ON SENATE PASSAGE OF CONTINUING RESOLUTION - September 26, 2019
Alexandria, VA - On September 26, the U.S. Senate approved a Continuing Resolution (CR) providing government funding through November 21. The final vote was 82-15. Federal Managers Association (FMA) National President Renee Johnson made the following statement in response to its passage:
"FMA is relieved that Congress was able to avert another government shutdown, days away from the beginning of Fiscal Year 2020. In the absence of full appropriations for the new fiscal year, the CR is obviously preferable to another lapse in funding. However, we strongly caution, once again, against the over-reliance on short-term CRs to fund the government.
“Enormous stress is placed on federal programs when CRs, instead of traditional appropriations measures, are used to fund operations. Agencies are handcuffed from obtaining the necessary resources required to handle rising workloads. Budget uncertainty forces managers and supervisors to focus more on short-term operations and less on their core missions, impeding efficiency and ultimately costing the government and American taxpayers significantly more money in the long run.
“Nevertheless, we credit Congress with averting a government shutdown and urge President Trump to sign this CR into law.”