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By The Associated Press
Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

rats opted for $1.058 trillion, far in excess of the agreed-upon total.

The difference, about $92 billion, must be reconciled before lawmakers can approve legislation to keep the government in operation after Sept. 30.

Further complicating matters, some Tea Party-backed Republicans say they will vote for such legislation only if it cancels all funding for the health care law that Congress passed three years ago — a condition Democrats and Obama vehemently reject.

The alternative to compromise is a partial government shutdown, an outcome leaders in both parties say they can avoid.

But that's a struggle for after vacation.

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