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Johnny Isakson
Senate advances bipartisan budget agreement
Senate advances bipartisan budget agreement

A bipartisan budget deal aimed at calming debates over U.S. fiscal policy for the next two years cleared a key vote Tuesday in the Senate, reducing the risks of another government shutdown and spending cuts that would have had an outsized impact in Maryland. But the agreement also sets up a tight timeline for congressional lawmakers — and Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, in particular — who now must decide by Jan. 15 how to divvy up $1 trillion-plus in spending. Twelve Senate Republicans joined all Democrats to push the legislation over the 60-vote threshold required to cut off debate Tuesday. The 67-33 vote all but guarantees...