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. 

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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Regulation: Biz groups push to scrap rule on reporting employee pay | GOP skeptical of Trump paid leave plan GOP skeptical of Trump plan for paid parental leave Sanders: Trump plan to cut Medicaid is 'just cruel' 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 EnziFive takeaways from Trump's first budget proposal Eliminate Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 to create jobs Trump releases budget that slashes government programs 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.