NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — A day after Congress began taking up the delayed 2009 federal appropriations, the Obama Administration today released the broad outlines of its 2010 budget, which is still in the works.

Although the specific funding levels at many departments are still being drafted and will not be submitted until President Barack Obama submits his official budget request, the White House and the Office of Budget and Management today listed a number of priority areas, including a $630 billion, 10-year commitment to health care reform.

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