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Congress adjourns as Senate approves budget; Tax-cut measure also goes to Clinton; both sides claim victory

WASHINGTON -- Congress adjourned for the year last night after the Senate gave final approval to a $390 billion measure that completes the budget for the fiscal year that began seven weeks ago.

Before they left town, the senators paired the spending bill with a tax-cut measure to produce a total package full of enough pet projects to allow months of intensely partisan bickering to be briefly put aside. Both measures now go to President Clinton for his signature.

The sweeping budget package, approved 74-24, provides money for teachers, police, parklands, farm aid and Medicare providers. It also pays U.S. dues to the United Nations, bars the use of that money for groups that...