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CFR Update, January 3, 2018


  • Budget and Appropriations Update
  • Former DHS Secretaries Call for Immediate DACA Fix 
  • CFR Staffing Announcement 
  • Updated CFR Conference Agenda


Republican and Democratic congressional leaders are scheduled to meet today with White House legislative liaison Marc Short and OMB Director Mick Mulvaney to discuss topline spending levels, which appropriators have said are critical to begin drafting funding legislation. Though the administration maintains that today's talks will be limited to discussing only budget caps, Democratic Leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi have publicly announced they will continue to press for a legislative solution to protect DACA participants. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has maintained Congress will address DACA separate from any funding bill.

Meanwhile, the Senate returned to work today, and the House is set to return Monday, January 9, just 10 days before the current CR expires January 19. With so much to do in so little time, lawmakers are already considering another short-term CR through President's Day, February 19.

Politico has more.


Three former U.S. Homeland Security Secretaries wrote to Republican and Democratic congressional leaders, and the leaders of the House and Senate homeland security committees urging immediate action to protect DACA participants. Signed by Michael Chertoff, Janet Napolitano, and Jeh Johnson, the letter cautions that when DACA was established in 2012, it took nearly 90 days for USCIS to process the first applications. The letter continues, "Even if it only takes half of that time for USCIS to establish a DACA process under legislation, Congress needs to pass a bill by January 19th to provide enough time for USCIS to process applications before tens of thousands of DACA recipients are negatively impacted by the loss of their work authorization or removal from the United States."

The New York Times has more.


Jessica Sebeok will now serve as Deputy Vice President for Federal Relations and Counsel for Policy. In this new role, she will have principal responsibility for staffing the Council on Federal Relations and its steering committee. Matt Owens will continue to oversee the association's federal relations activities and work with the staff and the CFR in advancing AAU's advocacy. Taylor Henry will continue her coordination and support responsibilities for the CFR and the CFR steering committee.


Earlier today you received an updated agenda for the January 7-9 CFR Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. If you have any last minute questions or concerns, please contact Raquel McKeveny ( or Taylor Henry (

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