Vulnerable Senate Democrats appear poised to back the two-year budget deal approved by the House.
Sens. Mark BegichMark BegichThe future of the Arctic 2016’s battle for the Senate: A shifting map Trump campaign left out of Alaska voter guide MORE (Alaska) and Mary LandrieuMary LandrieuFive unanswered questions after Trump's upset victory Pavlich: O’Keefe a true journalist Trump’s implosion could cost GOP in Louisiana Senate race MORE (La.), both red-state Democrats facing tough reelection fights, say they’ll support the bill when it comes up in the Senate next week.
Two other red-state Democrats facing tough reelection battles have yet to say how they’ll vote. Sen. Kay HaganKay Hagan Former Sen. Kay Hagan in ICU after being rushed to hospital GOP senator floats retiring over gridlock 2016’s battle for the Senate: A shifting map MORE’s (D-N.C.) office said she “is still reviewing the budget,” while Sen. Mark PryorMark PryorCotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Top Democrats are no advocates for DC statehood MORE’s (D-Ark.) said he is “still looking it over.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidRyan says Trump, GOP 'in complete sync' on ObamaCare Congress has a mandate to repeal ObamaCare Keith Ellison picks ex-DNC Latino as press secretary MORE (D-Nev.) on Friday predicted Democrats would give the budget bill a strong show of support.
Asked if every Senate Democrat would vote for it, Reid said, "Yeah, we'll get our votes."
Voting for the bill appears to be a low-risk proposition for red-state Democrats following a big, bipartisan vote in the House, and supporting the plan could even help them in 2014.
Most of the vulnerable Democrats have sought to portray themselves as problem-solvers willing to work with the other side — and voting for a plan negotiated by Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanWeek ahead: Trump's health pick takes the hot seat Trump criticizes controversial piece of House GOP tax plan Hispanic Dems warn Latinos will be hit hard by ObamaCare repeal MORE (R-Wis.) could give them a chance to prove it.
Two Democrats in the House who are running for open Senate seats have already voted for the bill. Reps. Bruce BraleyBruce BraleyTrump: Ernst wanted 'more seasoning' before entertaining VP offer Criminal sentencing bill tests McConnell-Grassley relationship Trump's VP list shrinks MORE (D-Iowa) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) backed the budget in Thursday’s House vote.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen Jeanne ShaheenMattis's views on women in combat takes center stage Tillerson won't rule out Muslim registry Schumer: If Trump agrees Russia behind hacking, let's boost sanctions MORE (D-N.H.), another Democrat who faces a potentially competitive reelection campaign, also plans to support the budget accord.
“Though the bipartisan budget bill isn’t the exact budget I would have crafted, I will support this measure because it represents the kind of compromise we need more of in Washington and will prevent another government shutdown,” she said in a statement to The Hill.
“Our most important priority right now ought to be jobs, and passing this budget will provide certainty for small businesses and boost economic growth.”
Passing the two-year budget also means Senate Democrats won’t face potentially tough votes on between now and the election.
Republicans in tough Senate races, on the other hand, are shunning the bill.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellFive things to watch in round 2 of Trump confirmation fights This week: Confirmation fights dominate ahead of inauguration Juan Williams: Race, Obama and Trump MORE (R-Ky.) has said he’ll vote against it, as have a number of other Senate Republicans who are facing Tea Party primary opponents.
Six of the eight Republican House members running for the upper chamber opposed the legislation as well, including all who face serious primary challenges.
— Alexander Bolton contributed reporting.