Activity but no movement

Last night and this morning were quite busy. Last night, the U.S. House and Senate worked late into the night to pass several bills without any agreement, resulting in a government shutdown. This morning, federal agencies, like the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, began posting notices of how they will operate under a shutdown. Since then, many press conferences have been held by politicians to assign blame, but little movement on resolving the shutdown.

A new strategy, suggested by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and initiated in the House by the Republican leadership, entails passing small parts of a continuing resolution that the House leadership believes would pass the House and the Senate. However, the Senate has already said they would not go along with this kind of piecemeal approach. This strategy would also not be good for science funding as it is not clear if or when Congress would vote to approve funding for the NIH, NSF or any other science funding agency.

Stay tuned to the Policy Blotter for more analysis of the movements in the government shutdown and how they affect science funding.

UPDATE: Three pieces of legislation that would fund very small parts of the government–veteran’s benefits, parks, and the District of Columbia–failed to even pass the U.S. House. Thus, there has still been no progress in finding a solution to fund the government and end the shutdown.

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