Budget deal easily clears key procedural vote in Senate

Townhall.com Staff
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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 11:26 AM
A two-year federal budget deal easily cleared a critical procedural hurdle in the Senate Tuesday morning, setting up likely passage of legislation that will help steer Congress away from another government shutdown in 2014. The Senate agreed to advance the deal on a 67-33 vote, a slightly slimmer margin than last week's 332-94 vote in the House. The measure will be up for a final vote Wednesday. The budget agreement calls for spending $1.014 trillion in 2014 and restores $63 billion in sequester budget cuts over the next two years by increasing some government fees and shifting the pain elsewhere in the budget.