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Government Briefly Shuts Down, Path Ahead Uncertain

The federal government briefly shut down after funding for fiscal year 2018 (FY18) ran out at midnight on Friday, January 19.  On Monday, January 22, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that he had reached an agreement with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to continue government funding through February 8, and that the Senate will take up legislation addressing DACA by that date.  While the agreement leaves a number of issues unresolved – including whether Congress will agree to raise the current caps on discretionary spending, and whether the House and Senate can pass a freestanding immigration bill – it at least provides some certainty for the next few weeks.  

Fiscal Year 2019 Kickoff

While Congress continues to work on completing the FY18 appropriations process, the FY19 process will be kicking off next month.  The president is required by law to submit his budget request by the first Monday in February (February 5 this year), although it is expected to be delayed by at least a week.  As in past years, OGR is consulting with OVCRs and others across the System to determine the accounts and programs that we will prioritize for the Illinois congressional delegation.

Chancellor Jones visits with DC alums

Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Robert Jones met with DC alumni who are Capitol Hill staff and government relations professionals on January 23.  He shared university news and provided an overview of federal legislative priorities for 2018.  He also thanked the group for being advocates for the University of Illinois System in Washington, DC.

Sen. Duckworth Pregnant

Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth announced last week that she was expecting her second child.  She would be the first sitting senator to give birth in office.  Congratulations to Senator Duckworth and her family!

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Rep. LaHood named to Ways and Means Committee

Rep. Darin LaHood (R-18) was appointed to serve on the powerful House Ways & Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over tax, trade, and mandatory programs like Social Security and Medicare.  Rep. LaHood is giving up his position on the House Science Committee to serve on Ways & Means.  But three Illinois members remain on the Science Committee.

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OGR Federal Relations

Paul Weinberger and Melissa Haas