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House, Senate pass $3.4T budget on partisan lines

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House and Senate on Wednesday passed a $3.4 trillion federal budget that included an arcane and controversial provision, which will prevent Republicans from blocking President Obama’s proposed expansion of health care.

The House passed the budget 233 to 193, and the Senate passed it 53 to 43. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, who announced Tuesday that he was changing parties to become a Democrat, voted against the measure.

No Republicans in Congress voted for the budget. Minnesota’s delegation split along party lines with all the Democrats voting in favor of the spending blueprint and all Republicans voting against it.

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