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Senate Set to Vote on Federal Budget Today

WASHINGTON, DC -- Congress could send President Obama a budget to sign into law today. A vote on the agreement is scheduled in the Senate this afternoon. The Senate is expected to pass a bipartisan budget bill this afternoon. It cleared a critical test vote Tuesday.
WASHINGTON, DC -- Congress could send President Obama a budget to sign into law today.  A vote on the agreement is scheduled in the Senate this afternoon. 
The Senate is expected to pass a bipartisan budget bill this afternoon. It cleared a critical test vote Tuesday.

"On this vote, the yeas are 67 the nays are 33."

The two-year agreement cuts the deficit $23-billion over the next decade.  And replaces some of the across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester with targeted cuts.

"Please don't use our retirement, our military retirement that's been promised to us.  Find it somewhere else," pleads Lisa Villacis with Military Officer Organization of America
Villacis wants Senators to vote against the bill because it cuts some retirement benefits for military veterans.
"My husband went to war on the promise that he would have that money when he got back."

Some Republicans and Democrats say even if the budget passes, they'll fight to restore the retirement benefits.

"How far have we fallen?  Do we have no shame?" asked Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

Democratic Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) says without this agreement, there would be big cuts to the department of defense.
"Meaning furloughs and layoffs and a threat to our national security."

President Obama says he will sign the bill if it passes.

If the budget passes,  it will be the first signed into law since 2009.


(Tara Mergener for CBS News)


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