WASHINGTON – The American Federation of Government Employees today called for swift passage of the Fiscal Year 2023 omnibus appropriations bill, a comprehensive $1.7 trillion spending package released by Congressional leaders early Tuesday morning.
The bill prevents the government from shutting down on Dec. 23 and funds key AFGE priorities including:
“The omnibus bill is essential for keeping the government functioning after Friday and should be enacted without delay,” said AFGE President Dr. Everett Kelley. “The bill will help federal workers in a variety of agencies as they continue to tirelessly serve the American people. We are particularly pleased to see that Transportation Security Officers, who work night and day to keep us safe, will finally see improved wages and personnel practices.”
The bill follows months of negotiations between Congressional appropriators in both chambers. Fiscal Year 2022 ended on September 30, and the government has been operating since then on a series of short-term funding bills. The Senate and House must both pass the omnibus bill and have it signed by President Biden to prevent a government shutdown.