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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. speaks to Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., right, on Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, as lawmakers come and go from the Senate after a bipartisan budget compromise cleared a procedural hurdle, advancing past a filibuster threshold on a 67-33 vote that ensures the measure will pass the Democratic-led chamber no later than Wednesday and head to the White House to be signed into law. When enacted, the measure would ease for two years some of the harshest cuts to agency budgets required under automatic spending curbs commonly known as sequestration.