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    Senate Passes Budget Deal

    House Budget Committee member Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) is handed a copy of U.S. President Barack Obama's FY2014 budget proposal upon its arrival on Capitol Hill in Washington April 10, 2013. The White House on Wednesday proposed a budget that would sharply trim the U.S. deficit over three years by forcing millionaires to pay more in taxes and enacting spending cuts that replace the "sequester" reductions that went into place last month.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS) - RTXYGAB

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    It's a Christmas miracle. After clearing the House last week, the Senate agreed on Wednesday to a bipartisan budget deal that would avert another government shutdown in January. Passing with a vote of 64 to 36, the spending plan will now go to President Obama, who has indicated he will sign it. The plan, negotiated by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, will guide the budget into 2015, and lessens the severity of sequestration while reducing the deficit by $20 billion.

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