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US Budget Deal Clears Key Senate Hurdle

A bipartisan U.S. budget bill that would ease some of the painful spending cuts on the nation's defense and other programs is on its way to passing the Senate. The bill cleared a procedural hurdle in the Democratic-led chamber Tuesday with a vote of 67 to 33. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives has already approved the bill, which is now expected to pass the full Congress this week. The agreement would ease the automatic spending cuts, known as sequestration, for...

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