The government has resumed operations following a three day shutdown. Last night, the House and Senate passed a revised “continuing resolution” (CR) to fund the government through February 8, 2018. President Trump signed the legislation allowing all federal agencies are to re-open today.
However, the agreement to re-open the government through February 8 does not address the months long dispute over the Budget Control Act spending caps that have prevented Congress from approving the final fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget for the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Agriculture, and other federal research agencies. Congressional leaders must still reach an agreement to increase the spending caps which would allow the Appropriations Committees to develop an omnibus package that includes funding for all agencies and programs. It will take between three weeks to a month for appropriators to negotiate the omnibus bill. Another CR will be needed to continue government operations beyond February 8. FASEB is optimistic that Congress will finalize an agreement on the budget caps soon.
FASEB is hosting a webinar this Friday, January 26 at 2:00 pm ET, which will provide the latest news from Capitol Hill and the post-shutdown outlook for research funding. Visit the FASEB webinar webpage to learn more and click the button below to register now.