NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - The federal government’s Fiscal Year 2009 ended this week without a budget for 2010 being passed, so Congress passed a continuing resolution to keep money moving through the government while it completes its appropriations chores for the coming year.

The continuing resolution will fund government agencies at the current levels until Oct. 31, when it may be renewed if a 2010 budget has not yet been signed.

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