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Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, heads to a closed-door GOP meeting before the Senate moves to pass a modest, bipartisan budget bill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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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