"The U.S. Senate approved, 64-36, Wednesday a limited, two-year budget framework to diffuse the threat of another government shutdown and alleviate harsh budget cuts. Nine Republicans sided with all 55 members of the Democratic Conference, which includes two independent senators. The agreement was overwhelmingly approved by the U.S. House last week, and it now heads to President Obama for his signature."
"The deal's negotiators, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., said they are hopeful this final act of bipartisanship will usher in a new era of cooperation in a divided Washington. Murray said the deal could help 'heal the wounds' of what has been a divisive and partisan year that led to the first government shutdown in nearly two decades and included a bitter and ongoing battle over the implementation of the president's health care law."