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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a member of the Senate Banking Committee, right, and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a member of the Senate Banking Committee, right, and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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House GOP confident of finishing spending measure

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans pressed ahead with a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill Thursday despite genuine anger among Democrats whose votes they need for passage, and lingering opposition from tea party Republicans who see more in the measure to dislike than like.

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President Barack Obama gives a high-five to nine-year-old Alajah Lane of Washington at the White House Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Barack Obama gives a high-five to nine-year-old Alajah Lane of Washington at the White House Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Obama announces $1B for early childhood education

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Declaring early childhood education "one of the best investments we can make," President Barack Obama on Wednesday followed up on a promise to expand early education opportunities for tens of thousands of children by announcing $1 billion in public-private spending on programs for young learners.

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House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky. walks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky. walks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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Mixed reviews greet $1.1 trillion federal spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A huge, $1.1 trillion spending bill funding every corner of government opened to mixed reviews Wednesday, with conservatives unhappy that it fails to challenge President Barack Obama's immigration policy while many Democrats are displeased because it weakens the 2010 Dodd-Frank regulation of risky financial instruments.

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President Barack Obama's FY2015 budget proposal is given out at the Senate Budget Committee on Capitol Hill
President Barack Obama's FY2015 budget proposal is given out at the Senate Budget Committee on Capitol Hill (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Obama 2015 Budget Focuses on Boosting Economy

President Barack Obama sent Congress a $3.9 trillion budget Tuesday that would funnel money into road building, education and other economy-bolstering programs, handing Democrats a playbook for their election-year themes of creating jobs and narrowing the income gap between rich and poor.

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Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Funding Bill

Congress has easily passed a $1.1 trillion bill easing the harshest effects of last year's automatic spending cuts after tea party critics chastened by the government shutdown in October mounted only a faint protest.

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President Obama Holds Bill Signing At White House
President Obama Holds Bill Signing At White House (Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)
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Obama Signs Bipartisan Budget Deal Easing Cuts

President Barack Obama has signed a bipartisan budget bill easing automatic spending cuts over two years, marking a modest end to a challenging year for the White House and Congress.

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Bipartisan Budget Clears Senate; Obama’s Desk Next

Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Wednesday scaling back across-the-board cuts on programs ranging from the Pentagon to the national park system, adding a late dusting of bipartisanship to a year more likely to be remembered for a partial government shutdown and near-perpetual gridlock.

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US Capitol building (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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Several GOP Senators to Back a Vote on Budget Bill

Several conservative Senate Republicans have swung behind a bipartisan budget bill, apparently giving it enough momentum to win a pivotal test in the Senate over the passive resistance of top GOP leaders.

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) on Meet The Press
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) on Meet The Press (NBC)
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Ryan Prefers Conservative Debate Within ‘Family’

Rep. Paul Ryan says he was frustrated with conservative groups that protested the bipartisan budget deal he helped engineer.

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House GOP Conservatives Help Propel Budget Bill

After a sweeping vote by conservative Republicans controlling the House and President Barack Obama's Democratic allies, a bipartisan budget pact is in the hands of the Senate, where it will encounter stronger but probably futile resistance from Republicans.

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