House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) canceled a vote on his "Plan B" fiscal cliff proposal late Thursday, December 20, after failing to find enough support in the House. With this recent development, it is unlikely Congress will reach a deal to prevent cuts to NIH, FDA and Medicare before the Christmas holiday. Congress is expected to return to Washington next Thursday to attempt reach an agreement. Congressional leadership have also directed their staff to continue working on a deal over the holidays.
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