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 CoonsTrump gets chance to remake the courts A Cabinet position for Petraeus; disciplinary actions for Broadwell after affair Overnight Defense: Trump reportedly picking Mattis for Defense chief MORE (Del.), Tim KaineTim KaineTrump adviser: Sanders would have made for tougher race as Clinton's VP Trump adviser: Clinton/Sanders ticket would've been tougher to beat Terry McAuliffe: Clinton likely done with politics MORE (Va.) and Mark WarnerMark WarnerOvernight Cybersecurity: Watchdog seeks release of Clinton aide's deposition Overnight Tech: FCC eyes cybersecurity role | More trouble for spectrum auction | Google seeks 'conservative outreach' director Overnight Finance: Trump adviser softens tone on NAFTA | Funding bill to be released Tuesday | GOP leader won't back Trump tariff plan MORE (Va.) and Independent Sen. Angus KingAngus KingThis Week in Cybersecurity: Dems press for information on Russian hacks Angus King: Trump's not draining swamp, he's adding alligators Overnight Cybersecurity: Last-ditch effort to stop expanded hacking powers fails MORE (Maine), who caucuses with Democrats, voted with Republicans.
Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden raises possibility of 2020 presidential bid Cures bill clears first Senate hurdle A record number of Indian Americans have been elected to Congress 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 EnziSenate Dems draw hard line over miners' pension bill Republicans want to grease tracks for Trump President-elect Trump: Please drain the student loan swamp 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.