Senate votes to set up budget conference with House

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 PaulRand PaulTrump: Rivals who don't back me shouldn't be allowed to run for office Trump hires Rand Paul's former digital director: report Trump flexes new digital muscle MORE (R-Ky.), who is running for president in 2016, was the only Republican to vote against going to conference. Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioPoll: Rubio holds massive lead in primary Rubio: Turkey attack 'directed' by ISIS Trump: Rivals who don't back me shouldn't be allowed to run for office MORE (R-Fla.), who is also running for president, voted in favor of going to conference.

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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Trail 2016: Meet and greet and grief Biden spills beans: Sanders will endorse Clinton Why won't Democrats go as far as Clinton did on Israel? 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 EnziJudd Gregg: The silver lining Judd Gregg: A little change Lobbying World 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. 

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