US budget overcomes gridlock with Senate approval

Breaking News December 19, 2013 00:00

Washington - A compromise budget deal was set to become law after the US Senate approved the measure 64-36 Wednesday, breaking years of gridlock over government spending that has become a hallmark of Washington politics.

The measure is designed to avert another costly government shutdown and minimize damage from across-the-board spending cuts.

The lower House of Representatives approved the bipartisan deal last week and President Barack Obama has indicated he would sign the compromise measure, which was forged by negotiators from the House and Senate.

Seen as imperfect by both Democrats and Republicans, the measure would fund the government for the next two years in a bid to avoid the partisan gridlock that prompted a 16-day government shutdown in October.

The White House was hopeful the budget's success in passing Congress would signal a willingness toward greater bipartisan cooperation in Congress, while acknowledging the ongoing challenges of obstructionism, spokesman Jay Carney said.//DPA


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