NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – After more than a year of on-and-off again negotiations, members of Congress and the White House have failed to reach a compromise agreement to avert the budget sequester penalty, which will slash $85 billion out of federal discretionary spending this fiscal year.

Sequestration takes effect today.

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