Federal Relations

2018 UW Federal Agenda


February 15, 2019

Spending Bill Clears House, Ready To Be Signed

Following the Senate’s lead, the House cleared last night H.J. Res. 31, the measure that would keep the government funded through the rest of the fiscal year (read the explanatory statement for the legislation here).  The House vote was 300 – 128. As noted yesterday, after President Trump signs the measure later this morning, he…


February 14, 2019

Funding Bill Includes Increases

An initial review of the conference report shows that it contains increases for a number of agencies and accounts of interest to UW. For example, the bill would fund NSF at $8.075 billion, an increase of $308 million above the FY2018 level. Wtihin NSF, the bill would fund: Research and Related Activities at $6.52 billion Education and…


Trump to Sign Spending Bill, Then Declare National Emergency

Late this afternoon, the Senate cleared by a vote of 83 to 16 the spending package that would fund the entire government for the rest of the fiscal year (the text of the conference report is available here). The Senate moved to vote on the bill even as the Members were unclear as to whether the…


January 11, 2019

As Shutdown Reaches 21 Days, National Emergency Declaration Being Considered

As the partial government reaches its 21st day, matching the longest shutdown, there is still no compromise between the White House and Congressional Democrats in sight.  With that as the current situation, President Trump has stated on numerous occasions that he has the legal authority to declare a “national emergency” to build a physical barrier…


January 4, 2019

With Pelosi as Speaker, New House Seeks to Open Government

As expected, the 116th House of Representatives elected yesterday Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as the new Speaker of the House. She returns to the past that she once held. Also as expected, the Democratically-controlled House a package of measures that would reopen the government: the first combined six of the seven unsigned appropriations bills and would…


January 2, 2019

As White House and Hill Leaders Meet on Day 12 of Partial Shutdown, House Dems Unveil Plan to Reopen Government

Congressional leaders from both chambers and both sides of the aisle are headed to the White House today for a briefing on border security.  This is the first such bipartisan meeting to take place since the start of the partial shutdown on Saturday, December 22.  At this point, it remains to be seen whether the…


December 27, 2018

Shutdown to Last Until First Part of 2019?

With no votes scheduled in either chamber of Congress for the rest of this week and the President more than once reiterating his push for a border wall, it seems unlikely that anything will occur on the shutdown front until the first part of January at the earliest.  House Democrats have publicly stated that they…


December 21, 2018

How Long Will It Last?

With President Trump renewing his vow to shut down the government over wall funding, the question now, at least in the short term, seems to be, “How long will it last?” Earlier this week, after the Senate passed a continuing resolution (CR) that would keep the government through February 8, it appeared that the President…


December 19, 2018

CR Lasting Through Feb. 8 Unveiled

The Senate is currently working on a continuing resolution (CR) that would keep the government open through February 8 of next year.  Along with keeping the departments and agencies financed through the seven currently unsigned appropriations bill funded through February 8, the measure would also extend a number of other expiring or expired programs, such…


December 18, 2018

White House Backs Down on Shutdown Threat

It appears that the White House is backing away from President’s Trump threat to shut down parts of the government over funding for a Southern border wall.  Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said earlier today that there are other ways to get $5 billion for the wall. Although the White House has pulled back from shutdown…



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