DALLAS — The Texas Senate approved a two-year state budget Wednesday on a straight 19-12 party-line vote after Republican leaders outflanked Democratic opposition to considering the $176.5 billion spending plan.

Passage sends HB 1 to a conference committee of five senators and five representatives that will reconcile the Senate measure with the House-approved $164.5 billion budget bill for the fiscal 2012-13 biennium.

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