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Reuters Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., talks to reporters after a Senate cloture vote on budget bill on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday.

Budget clears test vote: Two-year deal that would ease some automatic spending cuts could pass later this week in Senate

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By David Lawder

Reuters

WASHINGTON — A two-year U.S. budget deal that eases some automatic spending cuts cleared a crucial Senate test vote on Tuesday, all but assuring its passage by a simple majority later this week in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

The Senate voted 67-33 to limit debate and advance the measure, overcoming the opposition of conservative Republicans who objected to increased near-term government spending.

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