Government Relations

Government Relations Legislative Update

Government Relations Legislative Update

Updates on state and federal issues relating to the UW System.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Federal Update for Tuesday, April 5, 2011

This morning, the House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) introduced another continuing resolution (CR), H.R. 1363, which would fund the Department of Defense for the remainder of the current fiscal year and fund the rest of the Federal government through April 15 while also cutting a total of $12 billion in discretionary spending.
It appears that NIH, NSF, NEH, and Pell Grants are spared. Within the Department of Energy, the amounts of $7.2 million from the Office of Science, $30.6 million from Fossil Energy R&D, and $11.2 million from Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy are rescinded from unobligated balances.  The NIST Construction of Research Facilities grants are cut $20 million. The Department of Homeland Security Science &Technology account is cut $6.5 million and the EPA Science &Technology account is cut by a little over $20 million.

The CR also prohibits funding for a number of higher education programs, although none of them are directly related to student financial aid.  The bill would prohibit, among other things, support for the program that assists with loan repayments for civil legal assistance attorneys, a program intended for a nonprofit organization to assist secondary schools with college enrollment, and a demonstration project for faculty and administrators.

Press Release on CR:

Text of the CR is available here:

(APLU and the UW System Office of Federal Relations contributed to this report.)