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Budget decisions to wait until spring

Coming back for the first time since Donald Trump’s surprise win in the United States presidential election, Congress has decided to abandon efforts to pass spending legislation and keep stopgap measures in place until March.

The decision will give president-elect Trump more power over what happens in his first year in office. But it could also hurt science agencies and other parts of the government, in the short-term.

Lawmakers had already delayed the appropriations process—which allocates the government’s money to the different agencies for the next fiscal year. FY 2016 ended on 30 September but Congress passed a continuing resolution to maintain current funding levels until 9 December. The plan was to finish the process after the long break that preceded the elections.

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