WASHINGTON – American Federation of Government Employees National President Everett Kelley issued the following statement following congressional passage of legislation funding federal agencies through the rest of the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30:
“After six months of limping along at previous funding levels, federal agencies finally have approved appropriations for the remainder of the fiscal year. But this alone is no cause to celebrate.
“Because of continued threats of government shutdowns from political obstructionists and uncertainty caused by stopgap continuing resolutions, federal agencies for a year and a half have been forced to operate under the budget priorities of the previous administration.
“In the future, ideally beginning with the 2023 fiscal year approaching in just six months, Congress must pass agency operating budgets on time so government agencies avoid unnecessary obstacles to delivering for the American people.”