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Congress hits deal to restore spending

$63 billion plan awaiting votes

Posted: December 11, 2013 at 4:10 a.m.

Republican Sen. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington announce a tentative budget agreement Tuesday that Murray said broke through “the partisanship and gridlock.” Ryan said the plan “cuts spending in a smarter way.”

Congressional negotiators reached a modest budget agreement Tuesday to restore about $63 billion in automatic spending cuts from programs ranging from parks to the Pentagon, with votes expected in both houses by week’s end.

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