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2014 Congressional Outlook

Election year, partisan gridlock mean tough road for science issues

by Government & Policy Department
January 27, 2014 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 92, ISSUE 4

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The second session of the 113th Congress is not expected to yield much progress on key science issues. The partisan politics that have stymied Congress during the past few years is not letting up. In addition, action in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and the Democrat-controlled Senate is likely to drop off precipitously by late summer as lawmakers’ attention shifts to campaigning for the fall midterm elections.

What follows is C&EN’s annual outlook of what Congress is likely to consider in the coming year.

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