The U.S. Senate has approved legislation that cuts $4 billion in spending, forestalling a government shut-down for the next two weeks.
Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill joined all but one of her colleagues in approving the measure.
McCaskill says she hopes Senators use the next two weeks to negotiate cuts that don't simply target discretionary spending, which is only 12-to-15 percent of the budget.
The U.S. Senate announced today that it will accept a bill from the House to fund government for an additional two weeks, averting a government shutdown on Friday.
The House had proposed a budget which cut $60 billion in federal spending, which Senate Democrats complained was too much.
Siding with his former House colleagues, Missouri Senator Roy Blunt said he sees little room for compromise when it comes to reducing the deficit.
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