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Battle-fatigued Congress wrapping up a major spending bill

Trillion-plus plan follows terms laid by Obama, GOP

By Andrew Taylor
Associated Press / December 13, 2011
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Weary after a year of partisan bickering, lawmakers tried yesterday to wrap up a sprawling $1 trillion-plus spending bill that chips away at military and environmental spending but denies conservatives many of the policy changes they wanted on social issues, government regulations, and health care. The measure implements this summer’s hard-fought budget pact between President Obama and Republican leaders. That deal essentially freezes agency budgets, on average.

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