On Wednesday afternoon, just before the end of fiscal year 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a short-term spending bill on a vote of 277-151. Earlier in the day, the Senate passed the bill on a 78-20 vote. Without this agreement, the U.S. government would have shut-down as the new fiscal year begins on October 1.

Ninety-one Republicans joined with 186 Democrats to pass the House bill; 151 Republicans opposed the funding extension.

The continuing resolution (CR) doesn’t put an end to the concerns, however, as it only extends funding through December 11.

Adam Fagen was formerly Executive Director of the Genetics Society of America.

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