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$26 Billion State Aid Measure Survives Senate Vote

A bill providing $26 billion in aid to state governments is set to win approval by Congress after Senate Democrats overcame Republican delaying tactics and the House announced plans to return to Washington next week to vote on it.

The Senate will put the matter to a final vote this week after Maine Republicans Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe joined all Democrats today in voting to advance the measure. The tally was 61-38, with 60 needed. Louisiana Republican David Vitter did not vote.