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House clears omnibus spending bill

On September 13, the House passed an FY 2018 omnibus funding package that contains its twelve annual funding bills. The omnibus reduces nondefense spending while boosting defense spending, thereby breaking the spending caps outlined in the Budget Control Act and triggering the across-the-board sequestration cuts if enacted into law. As such, the legislation has virtually no chance of gaining the Democratic support needed to pass the Senate. The good news for the research community is that t the House bill largely rejects deep cuts to science programs proposed by President Donald Trump earlier this year. However the FY 2018 appropriations battle is far from over. Both chambers will need to reach an agreement by December 8, when the current continuing resolution (CR) expires, or pass another CR to avoid a government shutdown.