Senators voted Wednesday to head to a conference committee with the House on the budget.
Lawmakers voted 54-43 on a motion to go to a conference committee, which will reconcile GOP budgets approved by both the House and the Senate.
Democratic Sens. Chris CoonsChris CoonsSenate advances Trump's Commerce pick Senate Dems move to nix Trump's deportation order Senate Dem: Trump will hurt Gorsuch's confirmation by undermining judiciary MORE (Del.), Tim KaineTim KaineWashington-area lawmakers request GAO report on DC Metro Kaine discusses refugee crisis with Pope Francis during Vatican visit A guide to the committees: Senate MORE (Va.) and Mark WarnerMark WarnerTop Senate Dem: ‘Grave concerns’ about independence of Russia probe Dems worry too much about upsetting others. That needs to stop. Washington-area lawmakers request GAO report on DC Metro MORE (Va.) and Independent Sen. Angus KingAngus KingSenators ask feds for ‘full account’ of work to secure election from cyber threats A guide to the committees: Senate Hopes rise for law to expand access to experimental drugs MORE (Maine), who caucuses with Democrats, voted with Republicans.
Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders: Ellison ran impressive campaign 'playing inside the establishment's house' Trump: DNC chairman's race ‘rigged’ Dem 2020 hopefuls lead pack in opposing Trump Cabinet picks MORE (I-Vt.), ranking member of the Senate budget committee, slammed the Republican budget ahead of the vote, saying that it would make cuts to health, education and nutrition programs.
“This is reality,” he said. “This is the Republican budget.”
Sen. Mike EnziMike EnziA guide to the committees: Senate GOP senators unveil bill to give Congress control of consumer bureau budget Grizzlies, guns, and games of gotcha: How the left whiffed on Betsy DeVos MORE (R-Wyo.), however, said moving forward with the budget was another step “in helping to change the way we do business here in Washington.”
Senators passed the Republican budget last month, and House lawmakers appointed their budget conferees on Tuesday. Senators are expected to take additional votes on the conference committee later Wednesday.
Members of Congress will use the conference committee to try to reconcile their separate budgets.