Schumer: 'Safe bet' Senate to pass budget

It’s a “pretty safe bet” the Senate will pass the budget deal on Tuesday, said Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.). 

“After what happened in the House, where so many Republicans voted for it, I think [Sen.] Mitch McConnell, the Republican leadership knows they can’t let it go down,” Schumer said Monday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe."

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Few Senate Republicans have publicly supported the deal, and Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Sunday said he still doesn’t have enough votes to pass it. He said he expects three Democrats to defect. 

Schumer, however, said he thinks most of his Democratic colleagues in the Senate will vote for the deal, which the House passed 332 to 94 last Thursday.

Republicans will not risk another shutdown again, Schumer said, which tanked the GOP’s approval numbers in October.

“The House for the first time stepped up to the bipartisan plate,” Schumer added. “I think this was a breakthrough. Why? What’s held things up for the last while is the Tea Party faction in the House, which blocked basically everything.”

The bipartisan budget deal is a sign, Schumer said, that Congress is more likely to take up a farm bill and immigration reform next year.