January 25 Update on the Government Shutdown

We have been monitoring the shutdown in Washington, DC all weekend and have been advocating with our delegations for a swift resolution, in order to minimize the impact on Northeastern. We were pleased to hear early this afternoon that the Senate voted to end the shutdown by passing a short-term spending package known as a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government through February 8, 2018. We assume the House will pass the same CR this afternoon and the White House has indicated the President will sign it. 

The fact that the shutdown was brief should minimize the impact on Northeastern faculty and students. For example, some of you noticed that grant submission websites were down for the past few days. We anticipate in the next day or so, all federal government agencies will be back up and running, enabling grant submissions and other important processes to begin again.

As part of the budget deal, Senate leadership has assured Democrats that the Senate will take up a bill to extend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program between now and the expiration of the new CR on February 8. But it is possible that we could see another shutdown at that time if they are unable to reach an agreement on DACA.

As always, we will continue to advocate in DC for the federal programs from which Northeastern faculty and students benefit.