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. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulCongress must end American support for Saudi war in Yemen Black men get longer prison sentences than white men for same crimes: study Sarah Palin on sexual harassment: 'People know I'm probably packing' so they 'don't mess with me' MORE (R-Ky.), who is running for president in 2016, was the only Republican to vote against going to conference. Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioCongress faces growing health care crisis in Puerto Rico The Hill's 12:30 Report Colbert mocks Trump for sipping water during speech on Asia trip MORE (R-Fla.), who is also running for president, voted in favor of going to conference.

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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersDe Blasio headed to Iowa to speak at political fundraiser Yes, spills happen — but pipelines are still the safest way to move oil Why sexual harassment discussions include lawmakers talking about Bill Clinton’s past 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 EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziGOP senators ask Trump for meeting on biofuels mandate Senate budget just the latest attack on seniors Week ahead: GOP's next steps on tax reform | Fed chief speculation heats up | Senate to vote on disaster relief 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.