Dec 17, 2013 10:43 PM by Jennifer Horbelt

Budget bill moves toward final passage in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) - With the help of 12 Republicans, Senate Democrats have moved forward with a bipartisan budget bill aimed at easing some of the painful budget cuts hitting the Pentagon and domestic agencies. A final vote is expected no later than tomorrow.

The bill is aimed partly at stabilizing a broken budget process after the partial government shutdown in October.

The measure would ease for two years some of the harshest cuts to agency budgets required under automatic spending curbs commonly known as sequestration. It would replace $45 billion in scheduled cuts for the 2014 budget year already underway, easing about half of the scheduled cuts.

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