Published: Dec 13, 2013 7:19 AM EST


WASHINGTON (AP) - A bipartisan budget deal is heading to the Senate after receiving overwhelming approval from the House yesterday. The package would ease the harshest effects of automatic spending cuts set to hit the Pentagon and domestic agencies next month. It would not extend jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed. Senate Democrats are promising they'll force a vote on that issue when the chamber reconvenes next year.