|Congress OKs bipartisan budget bill|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
WASHINGTON — Congress gave final approval Thursday to a $1 trillion spending bill, but not without a last-minute standoff in the Senate by tea party Republicans who opposed the measure.
Conservative Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, kept senators in suspense throughout the afternoon as he considered his options for blocking the bipartisan measure, which was overwhelmingly approved Tuesday by the House.
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