Congress passes bipartisan budget agreement

December 18, 2013
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Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., the architect of a bipartisan budget deal negotiated with Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the House Budget Committee chairman, discusses the compromise spending plan during a television news interview on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. The bill is designed to keep Congress from lurching from fiscal crisis to fiscal crisis and ease the harshest effects of the automatic budget cuts known as the sequester. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has sent President Barack Obama bipartisan legislation scaling back across-the-board spending cuts on programs ranging from the Pentagon to the national park system.

The final vote on the measure was 64-36 in the Senate. The House approved the bill last week.

The legislation is designed to prevent the kind of budget brinkmanship that has prevailed over the past three years of divided government and that led to this October's partial government shutdown.

The White House supports the bill, and Obama's signature is assured.