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Senate tables rights measure to get on with spending bill

The Senate ended a five-day deadlock over major civil rights legislation Tuesday night by tabling it in order to clear the way for action on an omnibus spending bill that stands in the way of the 98th Congress adjourning for the year.

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By a 53-to-45 vote, the Senate in effect killed the legislation aimed at nullifying a Supreme Court limit on the application of federal antidiscrimination laws.

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