The US Senate has passed a two-year federal budget bill by 64 votes to 36 in a rare outbreak of fiscal deal-making on Capitol Hill.
The legislation, which would avert a government shutdown in January, sailed through the Republican-held House of Representatives last week.
The proposal was drafted by a cross-party budget committee set up after October’s 16-day government shutdown.
Republicans and Democrats are unpopular after a year of congressional inaction.
The year 2013 has seen political gridlock over President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, the federal debt limit and issues ranging from immigration to gun control.
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