Senators press parochial hopes in spending debate

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Associated Press

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 19 at 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has given a big boost to a bipartisan full-year funding bill despite opposition from Republicans who were denied chances to offer changes aimed at boosting military readiness and easing closures of air traffic control towers.

The legislation advanced on a 63-35 procedural vote that sets up a vote to pass the measure tomorrow and sends it back to the House, which is likely to clear it later this week for President Barack Obama's signature.

The sweeping 587-page measure would set a path for government in the wake of across-the-board spending cuts that took effect March 1 and prevent a government shutdown at the end of the month.

The measure gives the Pentagon much-sought money for military readiness and adds money sought by Democrats for domestic programs.

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