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Senate Clears Deficit-Cut Hurdle

December 10, 1987|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Senate today cleared a procedural hurdle in the way of passing a two-year, $52.1-billion package of taxes, benefit cuts and other savings, the keystone of the deficit-reduction accord reached by the White House and congressional leaders.

On an 81-13 vote, senators agreed to waive legal provisions under which a few parts of the package could have been challenged. The vote opened the way for what leaders hope will be final action on the measure on Friday.

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