FMA STATEMENT ON SENATE PASSAGE OF CONTINUING RESOLUTION - November 21, 2019
Alexandria, VA - On November 21, the U.S. Senate approved a Continuing Resolution (CR) providing government funding through December 20, 2019. The final vote was 74-20. Federal Managers Association (FMA) National President Renee Johnson made the following statement in response to its passage:
"At the risk of sounding like a broken record, FMA is again relieved that Congress averted yet another government shutdown. As I said in September, a CR is preferable to a lapse in funding. However, we remain deeply dismayed about the ongoing over-reliance on short-term CRs to fund the government.
“Continuing resolutions negatively impact when and how agencies can fund contracts and impede managers from performing their jobs. Resources are uncertain and trickle in, preventing long-term planning, bulk buys, and multiyear contracts. As a result of this uncertainty, managers and supervisors are forced to focus on short-term operations and less on their core missions. This directly hinders efficiency and winds up greatly costing the government and American taxpayers.
“FMA implores Congress to come together and fully fund Fiscal Year 2020. In the meantime, we urge President Trump to sign this CR into law.”