As expected, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Research for Lifesaving Cures Act, a bill which would fund only the National Institutes of Health until December at the current fiscal 2013 funding levels. The vote was largely on party lines, although two dozen Democrats joined their Republican colleagues, proving bipartisanship is not entirely dead. Now it moves onto the Senate, where it is expected to be rejected for philosophical reasons.
Earlier today, Senator Harry Reid, D.-Nev, was pressed on this decision by CNN’s Dana Bash. The interview can be found here. With the Senate out of session for the remainder of the day, the shutdown will reach day three tomorrow.
As a reminder, ASBMB opposed this piecemeal approach to funding the government, as it did not fund other agencies important to the nation’s scientific enterprise. Also, it further locked in the post-sequester funding level for the NIH, which is having a damaging impact on American science. The full ASBMB position can be found here.