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AP photo Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. heads to the Senate floor to vote on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday. Final passage is expected next week in the Senate.

Prospects for budget deal solid in Senate

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WASHINGTON — One day after winning lopsided House approval, bipartisan legislation to ease across-the-board spending cuts and reduce economy-rattling budget brinkmanship appears likely to command the 60 votes necessary to clear the Senate, officials in both parties said Friday.

Yet unlike in the House, significantly more Senate Republicans are expected to oppose the legislation than vote for it, highlighting the different political forces at work at opposite ends of the Capitol.

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