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Government shutdown all but certain.

The continuing resolution the U.S. Senate passed yesterday that would fund the government through Nov. 15 was returned to the U.S. House today for consideration. After a closed door meeting this morning, House Republicans have decided to attach language to the CR to delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, for one year. While the bill is expected to pass the House, Senate Democrats and President Obama have repeatedly stated that they will not accept any CR with attachments that affect implementation of the health care law. Thus, the government seems destined to shutdown come Oct. 1.

The full picture of how scientists will be affected by a government shutdown is not clear. Federal agencies have not divulged their plans for shutting down, but we can make reasonable guesses about some things.

Stay tuned to the Policy Blotter for information on the government funding debate. And once we receive information about how this shutdown will affect scientists and science funding, we will post it immediately!

UPDATE: The U.S. House passed a resolution that would fund the government through Dec. 15 and delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act for one year.

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