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US lawmakers finally pass 2022 spending bill


Bigger budgets for federal research agencies welcomed by sector

A $1.5 trillion spending bill for 2022 that will increase the United States’ federal research funding has finally been passed by Congress and signed off by president Joe Biden, after repeated failures to bridge political divides set the process back six months.

The much-anticipated omnibus bill consists of all 12 appropriations bills for the 2022 fiscal year, as well as $13.6 billion to support Ukraine following its invasion by Russia. Biden signed it off on 15 March, saying it showed that “we can come together as Democrats, Republicans, and independents and do big things”.

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