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January 26, 2010 12:35 PM

Senate says 'no' to federal debt commission Obama endorsed

The Senate Tuesday rejected a plan to create a tough, powerful commission to recommend ways of slashing the federal debt, but the close vote made it clear that tackling the problem is an urgent priority. Fifty-three senators — 37 Democrats and 16 Republicans — voted in favor, but rules required 60 votes.

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