Another Round?

Another federal budget battle may be brewing in the US, Nature News notes, and researchers may again get caught in the middle.

Fiscal year 2014 is quickly approaching — it begins in October — and there is nary a budget in sight. That means, Nature News says, there will likely be a continuing resolution that keeps the government funded through December. And December is when there will also likely be a showdown over the debt ceiling.

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