In the waning days of a year marked by the 16-day government shutdown, the Senate has voted to send a modest two-year budget agreement to President Barack Obama’s desk.
The final vote on the measure approving the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 was 64-36.
It needed only 51 votes to pass; the legislation cleared its most difficult hurdle earlier this week in a 67-33 procedural vote, when 12 Republicans joined with all Democrats to advance it.
The agreement — brokered by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc. — unwinds some of the most painful planned cuts of budget “sequestration” and makes modest changes to raise non-tax revenues.
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