Senate clears budget deal hurdle

12/17/2013 | NBC News · Reuters

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In a bipartisan vote, the Senate cleared a major procedural hurdle and is moving toward likely approval of the budget agreement hammered out between House and Senate negotiators. "After the completely unnecessary government shutdown and debt limit crisis just two months ago, the American people were more disgusted than ever at the gridlock and the dysfunction," said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who worked out the deal with Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

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