Senate Passes Budget Deal, Now Goes to President Obama


Published 12/18 2013 04:05PM

Updated 12/18 2013 04:26PM

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.

The president is expected to sign the legislation before he leaves on a holiday vacation on Friday. But the bill’s backers are already calling for a “technical correction” to change a part of the bill that would adversely affect disabled military veterans.

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