In an extremely rare Saturday session of the U.S. Senate, senators passed the massive fiscal 2015 spending bill by a vote of 56-40. Passage ends any possibility of a government shutdown and ensures most of the federal government is fully funded through the end of the fiscal year.
Many of us have focused on the bottom line of H.R. 83, the fiscal 2015 continuing resolution-omnibus (CRomnibus) funding package, which the U.S. House passed last night. Science funding agencies like the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation received modest funding increases.
UPDATE: The U.S. House reconvened this evening and voted on the omnibus spending package. The bill passed by a vote of 219-206. Fiscal 2015 spending for the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation will be as we previously reported.