Capitol Hill Current
Chronicle of Higher Ed
After the Shutdown, Academics Have a Lot of Catching Up to Do
By Kelly Field
October 18, 2013 -- The federal government is back in business, and researchers are returning to government buildings and labs shuttered during the 16-day federal shutdown that ended late Wednesday. But the standoff, which cost the economy billions and disrupted research projects and education plans nationwide, is likely to have lingering effects on academe. It could be weeks before government workers get through the backlog of civil-rights complaints and tuition-assistance claims, and grant making could be delayed.
BUDGET CONFERENCE LEADERS DISCUSS PATH FORWARD
October 18, 2013 -- The four top negotiators on the budget conference committee met Thursday to begin discussions on merging the House and Senate budgets by the Dec. 13 deadline. They mostly agreed that a larger budget deal that would trade cuts to entitlement programs for an increase in revenues is unlikely.
OBAMA SHIFTS FOCUS TO POLICY TRIO
October 18, 2013 --During a press conference on Thursday, President Obama urged members of Congress to wrap up the farm bill, immigration-reform legislation, and a budget by the end of the year.