Italy's Senate definitively approves austerity budget

ROME Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:17am EST

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ROME Dec 22 (Reuters) - Italy's Senate on Thursday definitively approved Prime Minister Mario Monti's 33-billion-euro austerity package aimed at restoring market confidence in the euro zone's third-biggest economy.

The Senate voted 257 to 41 in a confidence vote called to speed the passage of the measures.