Following President Bush's linkurl:veto; of a spending bill that included linkurl:$30 billion; for the National Institutes of Health, Congress continues to work on revised appropriations levels for fiscal year 08, which began two months ago. With a temporary funding resolution running out next week and the holiday break looming ahead, lawmakers are pushing to get a bill to the President next week. A resolution by Congress allows agencies to operate at 2007 levels for now, but the resolution lasts only until December 14. What happens next to funding levels is "the big unknown," Kei Koizumi, the director of R&D budget and policy program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, told __The Scientist__. The options include extending the resolution. The problem, Koizumi said, "is that for any agency it is really hard to plan for a new year's program on last year's budget." Additionally, continuing 2007 linkurl:funding levels;

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