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Senate OKs Budget Deal

WI Web Staff | 12/18/2013, 5:30 p.m.
A bipartisan budget deal passed the Senate on Wednesday, as Congress looks to avoid another federal government shutdown next month.
The U.S. Capitol dome in Washington, D.C.

A bipartisan budget deal passed the Senate on Wednesday, as Congress looks to avoid another federal government shutdown next month.

The bill passed by a 64-36 vote, with nine Republicans siding with Democrats in favor of the deal.

The budget easily passed through the House last week with a 332-94 vote.

It will now be sent to President Obama, who has indicated his intent to sign it into law.

Under the two-year, $1.012 trillion deal, which was chiefly crafted by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Democrat Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, lawmakers will increase spending in 2014 and 2015 on the promise of higher fees and future budget cuts.

The compromise rankled some Republicans who thought too much was ceded in the deal, particularly the reversal of many sequester cuts.