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 PaulGreen party candidate: People have 'real questions' about vaccines What to watch for on Day 2 at the GOP convention Cyber squatters sitting on valuable VP web addresses MORE (R-Ky.), who is running for president in 2016, was the only Republican to vote against going to conference. Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioFlorida: 'High likelihood' of first Zika transmission in the US Overnight Healthcare: Rubio presses Obama to spend Zika money | FDA moves ahead with trans fat ban The Trail 2016: Her big night MORE (R-Fla.), who is also running for president, voted in favor of going to conference.

Democratic Sens. Chris CoonsChris CoonsTop Dem: ‘I don't believe for a minute’ Trump was joking about Russia The Hill's 12:30 Report Senators ask IRS to issue guidance to help startups MORE (Del.), Tim KaineTim KaineSunday shows preview: Convention cleanup, Russian intrigue Pentagon will strike rebranded Nusra Front after split from al Qaeda GOP senator’s camp to woo Clinton fans MORE (Va.) and Mark WarnerMark WarnerTim Kaine backs call to boost funding for Israeli missile defense Democratic National Convention event calendar Liberal group: Kaine could be 'disastrous' VP pick MORE (Va.) and Independent Sen. Angus KingAngus KingClinton VP pick could face liberal ire Independent Sen. Angus King endorses Clinton McCain: Inaction on encryption 'furthering the cause of child pornographers' MORE (Maine), who caucuses with Democrats, voted with Republicans. 

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSunday shows preview: Convention cleanup, Russian intrigue WikiLeaks grabs election spotlight Trump floats opposition to debate schedule 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 EnziSanford-Enzi 'Penny Plan' gets nation to a balanced budget Majority of GOP senators to attend Trump convention Judd Gregg: The silver lining 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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