Legislation was passed in the nick of time so the United States would not default on its obligations.
But at what cost? And how will the national labs, including the one at Los Alamos, be affected?
Most assuredly, the people at the National Nuclear Security Administration are now wondering, what is next?
The answer is … nobody really knows.
The compromise deal to persuade GOP lawmakers to raise the federal debt limit will cut federal spending by $2.1 trillion or more over the next decade. The bill allows a quick $900 billion increase in borrowing authority as well as a first installment on spending cuts amounting to $917 billion over a decade.
But what about the other $1.4 trillion in cuts?