House approves budget bill; now goes to Senate

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, arrives to answer questions about the newly minted budget deal aimed at averting future government shutdowns, at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. Boehner said the GOP leadership has had enough tea party-driven intransigence in Congress and he doesnâ??t care what they think. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

December 12, 2013 4:29:16 PM PST
The House has given sweeping bipartisan approval to a budget bill backed by both President Barack Obama, his Democratic allies and a big majority of the chamber's Republicans.

The 332-94 vote sends the measure to the Senate, where Republicans are more skeptical. But the Democratic-led chamber appears sure to adopt the measure next week and send it to Obama for his signature.

The package was drafted by a congressional odd couple of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray. The Wisconsin Republican and Washington Democrat found enough compromise to ease the harshest effects of another round of automatic spending cuts set to hit the Pentagon and domestic agencies next month.

Supporters of the measure easily beat back attacks on it from conservative activists.

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