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Budget deal easily clears key procedural vote in Senate

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A two-year federal budget deal easily cleared a critical procedural hurdle in the Senate Tuesday morning, setting up likely passage of legislation that will help steer Congress away from another government shutdown in 2014. The Senate agreed to advance the deal on a 67-33 vote, a slightly slimmer margin than last week's 332-94 vote in the House. The measure will be up for a final vote Wednesday.

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