WASHINGTON — Year-end legislation to ease Congress’s chronic budget brinkmanship and soften across-the-board spending cuts passed a test vote Tuesday and moved to the cusp of final passage.
Tuesday’s vote to send the measure toward final approval was 67 to 33, more than enough to clear the filibuster threshold. It was a rare display of Senate bipartisanship that masked strong Republican complaints about slicing into military retirement benefits.
The measure is expected to clear the Senate and go to President Obama for his signature on Wednesday, marking a modest accomplishment at the end of a year punctuated by a partial government shutdown, a near-default by the US Treasury, and congressional gridlock on issues ranging from immigration to gun control. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.