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Adam Fagen is Executive Director of the Genetics Society of America where he works with the GSA Board to promote the interests of the genetics community and serve the needs of GSA's 5,500+ members. He has a background in genetics, science policy, and science education. (bio)

On Wednesday afternoon, just before the end of fiscal year 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a short-term spending bill on a vote of 277-151. Earlier in the day, the Senate passed the bill on a 78-20 vote. Without this agreement, the U.S. government would have shut-down as the new fiscal year begins on October 1.

Ninety-one Republicans joined with 186 Democrats to pass the House bill; 151 Republicans opposed the funding extension.

The continuing resolution (CR) doesn’t put an end to the concerns, however, as it only extends funding through December 11.

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  1. […] As reported earlier, the federal government is operating under a continuing resolution that extends spending only through December 11, 2015. The research community is pushing for an omnibus funding bill that would last for the rest of fiscal year (FY) 2016 and includes increases for funding agencies. […]