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Budget Deal Within Reach
By Steve Handelsman
(NBC News) Congress has reached a budget compromise to keep the government running through October.
Current government funding is set to expire on January 15, but the House on Tuesday passed a three-day stopgap bill that will keep the government open through Saturday at midnight.
That measure, which passed by voice vote, gives lawmakers extra time to complete work on a massive $1-trillion spending bill expected to make its way through both chambers by the end of the week.
The "omnibus" spending bill, which clocks in at 1,582 pages, will fund the government through September 30th, 2014.
The nine-month budget bill is based upon the breakthrough deal reached in December by Republican Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Senator Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington State.