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Senate prepares to pass budget deal

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (12/17/2013) - Ahead of Wednesday's tentative budget vote, the Senate is poised to pass a bipartisan spending deal that will avoid another government shutdown, and keep the government's budget on track with a $1 trillion per year spending allowance over the next two years.

It is a bill that has the support of Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown (OH).

"I think it recognizes that we've got long-term budget problems, and it also recognizes that you don't make cuts to medical research, and to Meals on Wheels, and to Head Start, and to defense spending that makes sense," Brown said. "And this is about short-term job growth so we can set the table for long-term job growth."

All Democratic Senators voted yes to advance the budget bill to a final vote.

12 Republicans joined them, including Senator Rob Portman (OH).

In a statement, Portman said he supports the budget deal but has some concerns, saying, "It does not take the needed steps to reform our nation's ballooning mandatory spending on autopilot and does not address the need for pro-growth tax reform to create jobs. We cannot continue to kick the can down the road."

The bipartisan budget deal sets spending at a trillion dollars for the next two years.

But it does not include an extension to federal unemployment benefits, something Democrats have said they will continue to fight for when they return to Congress from Christmas break.

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