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UW-Madison Bascom Hill

Bucky Badger frames the Abraham Lincoln statue on Bascom Hill at UW-Madison. Students receiving federal financial aid won’t be immediately impacted by the government shutdown, UW-Madison spokesman John Lucas said.

Students receiving federal financial aid to attend area colleges and universities won’t be immediately impacted by the government shutdown, UW-Madison spokesman John Lucas said.

Most of the aid for the academic year has already been dispersed, and the Direct Loan program and parts of the Pell Grant program are mandatory and operate regardless of year-to-year appropriations.

Federally funded research projects at UW-Madison will continue during the shutdown, according to the Office of Federal Relations. It is likely that no new grant applications for research will be accepted or reviewed during the shutdown period, stalling project timelines.

In a late-night vote Friday, Senate Democrats blocked a House-passed measure that would have kept agencies functioning for four weeks.

President Donald Trump said he will not negotiate on matters relating to Dreamers — young immigrants who came to the U.S. as children — or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, although Democrats have made protecting those people from deportation a requirement to end the shutdown.

“It is our hope that (a) bipartisan deal to restore government operations will be agreed upon quickly,” Lucas said. “We also continue to support Dreamers and advocate for a long-term resolution of the status of DACA students.”

The Wisconsin National Guard canceled its drill weekend for more than 200 soldiers and airmen, spokesman Joe Trovato said, and it may not be the only cancellation.

“Depending on how long this goes on, we could have to cancel other drill weekends, but I guess we’ll continue to cross that bridge when we come to it,” Trovato said.

Of the approximately 1,000 full-time Wisconsin National Guard employees, about 700 will be furloughed, including Trovato.


Shelley K. Mesch is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal. She earned a degree in journalism from DePaul University.