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US Senate votes to approve Ryan/Murray budget deal

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed a two-year budget deal to ease automatic spending cuts and reduce the risk of another government shutdown, shifting the focus to a spending measure that Congress must pass by Jan. 15.

The Senate vote by a simple majority sends the measure to President Barack Obama for his signature.

The Senate and House of Representatives Appropriations committees now must craft a $1.012 trillion fiscal 2014 spending bill to implement the budget deal before current spending authority expires.


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