Closed Question: The US shutdown is damaging science and Congress must be called to account
Published October 11, 2013 by OSP
On 1 October, lawmakers in Congress, bitterly divided along partisan lines, failed to agree on a new budget. The US government closed. Roughly 800,000 civil servants, including thousands of scientists, were ordered to stay at home. Now entering its second week, the shutdown is showing few signs of abating.
Non-government scientists must be imagining that this nightmare will pass. This is just a Washington DC thing, right?