As you may know, the 2023 Fiscal Year ends on September 30, at which point the government’s current discretionary budget expires. As we lead up to this September 30 deadline, I am working with my colleagues on a solution to keep our government operating as we finalize the Fiscal Year 2024 appropriations process. I believe, as a result of over a decade of experience, that shutting down the government doesn’t benefit anyone, and it is in our national best interest to avert a shutdown.
However, should an agreement not be reached by the end of next week, my offices will remain fully staffed and open during normal business hours if you are in need of any assistance. For specific information regarding what happens when the federal government shuts down, please see below:
IMPACTS OF A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
Which federal employees continue to work during a government shutdown?
During the event of a government shutdown, agencies must classify their employees as “essential” or “nonessential”. Those classified as “essential” will continue working throughout the government shutdown, receiving pay at the first of the month for the preceding month. Both my Reno and D.C. offices will remain fully operational during the shutdown.
Will furloughed federal employees receive back pay?
Yes. Congress and President Trump enacted the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019 (P.L. 116-1), which statutorily requires retroactive pay for employees following the end of a lapse in appropriations.
Will I continue to receive my Social Security, Social Security Insurance (SSI), and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) checks?
Social Security checks will continue to be mailed out.
What happens to Medicaid and Medicare?
Medicare and Medicaid will be unaffected.
Will Veterans’ Hospitals remain open?
Yes, Veterans Hospitals remain open. In the past, over 95 percent of the VA’s total workforce has still reported to work because these employees are either funded by advanced appropriations or deemed essential personnel.
Will I get continue to receive my mail?
United States Postal Service operations will not be impacted.
What will happen to the Department of Defense and active-duty military?
All active-duty service members will continue in a “normal duty status" as well as those on reserve component personnel. Civilian personnel, including military technicians, who are not necessary to carry out or support excepted activities, are to be furloughed.
Please know that I will keep you updated as negotiations on both a Continuing Resolution and the normal Fiscal Year 2024 appropriations process continues. Additionally, should you have any questions about this process, please reach out to my Washington, DC office at 202-225-6155.
SOUTHERN BORDER UPDATE
The situation on our southern border continues to worsen under the Biden Administration, which has now seen more than 5.6 million illegal crossings of our southern border since President Biden took office. In the first 3 weeks of September alone, approximately 140,000 individuals entered our country illegally, or roughly 6,900 per day.
Back in May of this year, I was proud to vote for H.R. 2, the Secure the Border Act of 2023. This bill would require an immediate restart of the southern border wall’s construction, hire 22,000 Border Patrol agents, ending the “catch and release” policy of this administration and ensure detention of those who illegally cross our border, and allow for the implementation of “Remain-in-Mexico” policies for people waiting to apply for asylum into the U.S..
As Congress continues its negotiations for a Continuing Resolution and FY24 funding, my colleagues in the House majority and I are advocating for the provisions of H.R. 2 to be included in any final package, so that we can once again secure our southern border and address the immigration crisis.
IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY UPDATE
On Tuesday, September 12, Speaker McCarthy announced an impeachment inquiry against President Biden, which will be conducted by the House Judiciary Committee, Oversight Committee and Ways and Means Committee. Congressman James Comer, Chairman of the Oversight Committee, will lead the investigation.
This impeachment inquiry will expand the scope of current House investigations into President Biden’s involvement in his family’s foreign business practices and international influence peddling schemes, including requiring more disclosures from the Biden administration and granting further access to Biden family financial records. As I noted last month, President Biden allegedly received $5 million for certain actions, but the Burisma executive states that he didn’t pay “the big guy” directly and instead transferred money to several bank accounts to hide the money. I maintain that these allegations need to be properly investigated, and as more evidence is revealed in this case, I support the House moving forward with an impeachment inquiry.
Speaker McCarthy has the authority to begin the impeachment inquiry process without a vote from the House of Representatives, just as Nancy Pelosi initiated an impeachment inquiry into President Trump in 2019 without first requiring a vote from the House. As I’ve previously said, we need to avoid impulse when approaching impeachment discussions to ensure that this remains a tool used for only grave misconduct of office, and I believe that this inquiry process will now allow the House to acquire all the evidence we need to make sound decisions moving forward.
PLEASE STAY IN TOUCH
As always, thank you for subscribing to the Amodei Report. I look forward to continuing to keep you up to date on the issues you care about most. For additional information, please visit my website at Amodei.house.gov or call my Washington office: (202) 225-6155, Reno office: (775) 686-5760, or Elko phone: (775) 777-7705. To receive updates on what I am doing in Washington and in Nevada’s 2nd District follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
Mark E. Amodei
Member of Congress