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Science Policy Weekly Roundup: January 12, 2018  

Published on:Fri, 12 Jan 2018 21:05:23 +0000
Category: Budget

  Government shutdown threat grows as Democrats and conservatives dig in The continuing resolution funding the federal government expires on Jan. 19, and negotiations for a bipartisan budget deal remain difficult. Democrats are tying budget negotiations to an immigration deal that would provide protections to recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. Passing another continuing resolution to temporarily fund the government for another month also may prove challenging. These temporary funding strategies prevent federal agencies like...

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Science Policy Weekly Roundup: January 5, 2018

Published on:Fri, 05 Jan 2018 18:07:18 +0000
Category: Budget

Budget talks continue as Democrats and Republicans refuse to compromise After passing a continuing resolution to temporarily fund the U.S. government until mid-January, Republican and Democratic leaders met with members of the White House to discuss a budget deal. It is unclear whether a compromise will soon be reached, as the list of demands from Democrats has increased. Along with a legislative fix for immigrants who are protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Democrats want any increase in...

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