From FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News
On September 29, 2016, the president signed a stopgap spending bill that extends current fiscal year funding for the federal government through Dec. 9. With Congress recessing at the end of (that) week to campaign for the general election, major science-related legislation will not see further movement earlier than mid-November.
Energy policy bill. The House and Senate passed significantly different versions of an energy policy bill this year and are currently in conference to resolve differences. Conference committee chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) is pushing hard for Congress to finish work on a bill the president will sign into law by the end of the year. FYI reported on the energy bill conference in FYI #108.