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Senate Clears $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

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January 17, 2014 AT 5:04 AM
Congress gave final approval Thursday to a $1.1 trillion spending bill that eases sharp budget cuts known as the sequester and guarantees that the nation will not endure another government shutdown until at least Oct. The Senate voted 72 to 26 to approve the measure Thursday evening after Republicans persuaded Texas Senator Ted Cruz to drop a last-minute push to force another showdown over the Affordable Care Act, reprising the fight that closed the government for 16 days last fall.