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(12/17/2013) - Ahead of Wednesday's tentative budget vote, the Senate is poised to pass a bipartisan spending deal that will avoid another government shutdown, and keep the government's budget on track with a $1 trillion per year spending allowance over the next two years.

Last week, the House of Representatives passed their own version of the budget bill.

Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin, both Democrats, said they plan to vote yes tomorrow.

In Tuesday's cloture vote, which ended the budget bill debate, all Democratic senators voted yes to advance the budget bill to a final vote.

12 Republicans joined them, but the ones who did not said the bill does not cut spending enough.

Though the Democrat-led Senate is planning to pass the budget deal, many Democrats remain unhappy with the deal, which does not include an extension to federal unemployment benefits.

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