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U.S. Government Reopens and Tries to Find Compromise

On Oct. 17, President Obama signed into law the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014, which ended the 16-day government shutdown and funds the government at FY 2013 budget levels through Jan. 15, 2014.

There is a section in the law that provides a caveat to fund NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System and the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite at a higher level in order to maintain their currently planned launch schedules.

In addition, the House-Senate budget conference committee has begun work to find a compromise on the overall discretionary spending level for FY 2014.

With a second round of sequestration planned to take effect Jan. 15, 2014, the committee hopes to agree on a small package that would replace the planned sequestration cuts for FY 2014.

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