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Budget deal may head off pay freezes, furloughs

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A budget deal struck late Monday by Congress could avert a government shutdown this winter and protect troops and Defense Department civilians from pay freezes and furloughs. Republicans and Democrats agreed to raise caps on federal spending for two years, though the new defense spending limit of $607 billion is $5 billion less than was requested for the coming year. "This is a good deal for our troops, for taxpayers and for the American people," outgoing House Speaker John Boehner said. more

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