Supporters of the bill in both parties expressed regret that it was narrowly drawn, and fell far short of a sweeping plan that combined tax changes and spending cuts to reduce federal deficits. That proved to be a step too far in the two months since Obama called congressional leaders to the White House for a postelection stab at compromise.Already, both sides were maneuvering for the next round in a seemingly ceaseless struggle about taxes and spending.
Senate Passes Budget Deal; Bill Heads to House
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