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US Science Agencies Set for Budget Boost in Deal to Avert Government Shutdown

By February 18, 2019No Comments

With less than two days to go before the US government runs out of money, lawmakers in Congress are scrambling to pass a budget deal that would give small increases to NASA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and many other science agencies.

The Senate and the House of Representatives approved the legislationon 14 February — clearing the way for President Donald Trump to sign it before the 15 February deadline to avert a government shutdown. The measure would fund government operations until 30 September 2019, the end of the current budget year.

That is good news for science agencies, which are still reeling from the effects of the historic 35-day shutdown that ended in late January. Nature breaks down how individual agencies would fare under the budget deal, and how they are working to recover from the shutdown.