House-Senate budget conference to be formed

On their 22nd try, Senate Democrats on Wednesday got a deal with Republicans to hold a budget conference committee with the House. 

Setting up the conference is a part of the deal the Senate approved Wednesday to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. 

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Previous attempts by Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) to get unanimous consent for the conference were thwarted by a handful of Republicans.

Murray admitted Wednesday that it wouldn’t be easy for the two chambers to agree on a number.

The Senate will appoint 12 Democrats and 10 Republicans to the budget committee conference, which will have to report back to both chambers by Dec. 13.

The House is expected to approve the broader deal later Wednesday.