Nation IN BRIEF : WASHINGTON, D.C. : Actions Raise Hopes for Break on Budget

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Prospects for a new federal shutdown faded further as Senate Republicans agreed to add $2.7 billion for education and job-training programs to a $160-billion measure financing domestic agencies for the rest of fiscal 1996. The Senate's 84-16 vote edged the bill toward something President Clinton could sign. Meanwhile, GOP leaders planned to send Clinton a measure temporarily keeping agencies open through March 29.

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