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Congress extends Continuing Resolution; agencies funded through Dec. 22

December 13, 2017

U.S. Capitol

On Dec. 7, Congress passed legislation to fund federal agencies for an additional two weeks. The federal government had been operating under a continuing resolution (CR) that was set to expire at midnight on Dec. 8. The new CR funds government operations until Dec. 22, giving Congress additional time to reach a funding deal for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2018.

Congress faces several intense weeks of work. In addition to finalizing a spending deal before the new deadline and avoiding a government shutdown, legislators are pushing to finish work on tax reform legislation. The House and Senate passed different versions of the measure and a conference committee has been convened to work out the differences.

On Dec. 6, NSF Assistant Director for Engineering Dawn Tilbury testified about NSF's Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program at a hearing of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee's Subcommittee on Research and Technology. She described the four components of the I-Corps program, noted several highlights including the existence of 8 "Nodes" involving 28 universities and talked about next steps for the program. "The I-Corps program has been a significant positive addition to the NSF investment portfolio," she stated. "Even though it constitutes less than one-third of one percent of the NSF budget, recent data shows I-Corps teams have collectively raised over $250 million in seed capital." Her testimony is available on the website.

For tools and resources about the impact on NSF's investments, please see the NSF Toolkit.

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