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Congress passes budget-cutting plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House, in a bipartisan vote, has passed a yearlong government funding measure cutting $38 billion from the budget and closing out sometimes quarrelsome negotiations between the Obama administration and Republicans dominating the House.

The measure passed Thursday by a 260-167 vote in which dozens of Democrats made up for defections from tea party-backed GOP conservatives. The Senate was poised to vote later in the day and the president has said he'll sign it into law.

The bill cuts community health programs, grants for state and local police departments, the Environmental Protection Agency and community development grants, a favorite program with mayors of both political parties

The Pentagon would get a slight budget boost, as would veterans programs.

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