Senate reaches deal on Cash for Clunkers bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senators have reached a deal on saving the dwindling "cash for clunkers" program, agreeing to vote Thursday on adding $2 billion to the popular rebate plan.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced the vote after lengthy negotiations between Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Wednesday. Reid has said Democrats have enough votes to pass the bill, meaning consumers could take advantage of the rebates of up to $4,500 until Labor Day. The government says more than $775 million of the existing $1 billion fund has been spent.

President Barack Obama says the program will go broke by Friday if it's not refilled by Congress. The Senate departs for a monthlong recess at the end of the week.

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