The following update was distributed by the UW-Madison Office of Federal Relations on Tuesday, May 2:
Over the weekend, Congressional appropriators agreed on a compromise to fund the federal government through FY2017 (September 30, 2017). They released the text of the omnibus package containing the 11 remaining bills needed to fund the government. Congress is expected to pass and the President is expected to sign the legislation by Friday, when the current continuing resolution expires.
After passing the omnibus package, Congress and the President will turn to the FY2018 budget. President Trump is expected to release his detailed FY2018 budget by the end of May; however, some reports indicate the release could slip into June. Once it is delivered to Congress, the House and Senate appropriations committees will quickly begin holding hearings and markups, prior to writing the individual appropriations bills, in the hopes of completing the FY2018 funding bills under regular order by October 1, 2017. It is very unlikely that the FY2018 bills will be passed and signed by September 30, 2017, so a continuing resolution will once again be likely this fall.
Below are a few highlights of the agreement that may be of interest to the campus community:
On the Federal Relations website, under the Federal Budget and Appropriations tab, you can find links to a more detailed summary, as well as links to the full text of the omnibus legislation and a section-by-section summary of the appropriations bills.
Once the President’s budget is released, the Office of Federal Relations plans to hold a call with interested parties on campus to discuss the proposal. Please RSVP if you are interested in participating in the conference call and we will followup with you once the date and time of the call are set. As always, if you have any questions or if you would like any additional information, please feel free to contact either the director of Federal Relations, Michael Lenn, or the assistant director of Federal Relations, Catherine Johnson.