• After much partisan bickering, Congress finally enacted a spending plan that keeps the federal government open through mid-November. The Continuing Resolution reduces spending for the next several weeks by 1.5 percent relative to last year. The temporary reduction ensures that discretionary spending does not exceed the cap of $1.043 trillion set in the debt limit law.

  • Public comments are now being accepted on the National Global Change Research Plan, a 10-year strategic plan for the federal program that coordinates U.S. climate change research. Four goals frame the plan: advance science, inform decisions on adaptation and mitigation, build sustained assessment capacity, and advance communications and public education. Comments are being accepted through 29 November 2011. For more information, visit http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-30/html/2011-25211.htm.


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