Dec. 13, 2013 – 10:31 am EST – The Senate voted Tuesday to advance a bipartisan two-year budget deal – a move that puts Capitol Hill one step closer to a thaw in the fiscal wars that have paralyzed Washington.
The chamber agreed 67-33 to cut off debate on the budget agreement reached by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) last week. Final passage is virtually guaranteed now and a vote is slated for no later than Wednesday.
“This deal is a compromise. It doesn’t tackle every one of the challenges we face as a nation, but that was never our goal,” Murray said. “This bipartisan bill takes the first steps toward rebuilding our broken budget process and hopefully, toward rebuilding our broken Congress.”
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