Senators press parochial hopes in spending debate

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The Senate has given a big boost to a bipartisan full-year funding bill despite opposition from Republicans who were denied chances to offer changes aimed at boosting military readiness and easing closures of air traffic control towers.

The legislation advanced Monday on a 63-35 procedural vote that sets up a vote to pass the measure today and sends it back to the House, which is likely to clear it later this week for President Barack Obama's signature.

The sweeping 587-page measure would set a path for government in the wake of across-the-board spending cuts that took effect March 1 and prevent a government shutdown at the end of the month.

The measure gives the Pentagon much-sought money for military readiness and adds money sought by Democrats for domestic programs.

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