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Shutdown ends, but maybe not for long

Image: Dominick Guzzo [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Flickr

The United States government shutdown that lasted for 35 days and had widespread disruptive effects on research has finally come to an end, but president Donald Trump has warned that it could soon restart.

Trump and Congress ended the longest-ever US government shutdown on 25 January, by signing off a continuing resolution to fund the government at 2018 levels until 15 February, pending agreement on a complete 2019 budget.

In a speech that same day, Trump said he would ensure that the hundreds of thousands of federal employees who went without pay during the shutdown would receive back pay “very quickly, or at least as soon as possible”.

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