Federal Updates

Federal election update

While we wait for the outcome of the presidential race, most congressional races have been finalized. In Minnesota, we have just one change in our delegation, with Congresswoman-elect Michelle Fischbach heading to Washington D.C. to represent the 7th Congressional District. Fischbach is a former state senator, former chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee, and former lieutenant governor. 

Shutdown impact

As the shutdown begins its fourth week, we want to let you know the impact on the University of Minnesota. Our thanks to colleagues across the University for keeping a close eye on the situation. 

Happy New Year

The federal government began FY2019 on October 1 with the passage of 6 out of 12 appropriations bills and a Continuing Resolution until early December for the balance of the federal government's funding.

Summer in Washington

It's an election year –– the Minnesota primary is August 14. There's a Supreme Court opening. The Farm Bill is awaiting action. The Higher Education Act is on hold. And the Senate, but not the House, will be back in session in August.

Congress completes work on FY18 federal appropriations bill

Late last week, Congress completed work on an omnibus appropriations bill to finalize funding for federal FY18 and avoid another government shutdown.

Never a dull moment in our nation's Capitol

The past week has been particularly busy in our nation's Capitol, with Congress grappling with finishing Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 appropriations, the Trump Administration launching its budget for FY19, and the Senate debating immigration in earnest.

Federal update

Updates on the Federal Budget, NIH research, Pell grant funding, and the status of the Trump administration's travel ban executive order.

December 22, 2016


December 22, 2015


March 2015