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Texas Budget Likely Headed To Conference Committee

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The state budget process could soon be before Texas Senate and House negotiators after Senate Republicans rammed their two-year spending plan to passage, exploiting a loophole to bypass Democrats.

The Senate plan would make about $11 billion in cuts from the present budget, although the cuts are less drastic to those in the House's austere $176.5 billion spending plan.

Wednesday's vote came after a week of delay when Senate leaders used a procedural maneuver to get around a long-held Senate tradition that requires a two-thirds agreement for the chamber to consider any legislation.

Senators voted 19-12, along party lines, to approve the plan. The plan next goes back before the House, which is expected to reject the Senate version and appoint a conference committee to negotiate a compromise.

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