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Path cleared for budget vote

Senate GOP fails to halt 2-party plan

Posted: December 18, 2013 at 5:26 a.m.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaks with Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., outside the Senate after the bipartisan budget compromise cleared a key procedural hurdle with 12 GOP votes.

The Senate on Tuesday advanced a bipartisan budget deal that would ease $63 billion in spending cuts, overcoming Republican objections and setting the stage for a final vote by today.

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