NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Senate early Saturday morning voted to provide stopgap funding to keep the federal government running for six months at the 2012 level, under a continuing resolution.

By passing the resolution, which cleared the House of Representatives over a week ago, Congress has avoided the need to pass a full-year budget during a campaign season (FY 2012 ends on Sept. 30), and provided stable funding during a period when lawmakers are expected to try to reach a deal to avert large budget cuts that are set to kick in automatically in January.

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