Senate leaders expect a bipartisan budget deal reached late last week to easily pass the upper chamber Thursday afternoon.
Democrats are by-and-large happy the spending agreement does not cut the Head Start early education program or slash Pell Grants — although it would eliminate summer Pell Grants.
“We have no reduction in Pell Grants and we kept a lot of our other priorities in there. There will be no reductions in Head Start,” he said, noting that the summer grants would be eliminated, something President Obama proposed in his budget plan.
Some Democrats, including Sens. Ron WydenRon WydenIPAB’s Medicare cuts will threaten seniors’ access to care A guide to the committees: Senate Tech, advocacy groups slam DHS call to demand foreign travelers' passwords MORE (D-Ore.) and Sherrod BrownSherrod BrownA guide to the committees: Senate House bill would prevent Trump from lifting Russian sanctions Dem senators call for independent Flynn probe MORE (D-Ohio), have concerns over the legislation, but the opposition within the Democratic Caucus is not strong.
“It’s not significant,” Senate Democratic Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinA guide to the committees: Senate McConnell: I’m very sympathetic to 'Dreamers' Senate Dems move to nix Trump's deportation order MORE (D-Ill.) said when asked about the number of potential defections. “We have a number of senators we’re still talking to.”
A senior Senate GOP aide predicted that five to 10 conservative lawmakers might vote against the deal, including Sens. Rand PaulRand PaulCongress must reform civil asset forfeiture laws ObamaCare fix hinges on Medicaid clash in Senate A guide to the committees: Senate MORE (R-Ky.), Mike LeeMike LeeCongress must reform civil asset forfeiture laws A guide to the committees: Senate Top antitrust senators call for Sessions to scrutinize AT&T-Time Warner merger MORE (R-Utah) and Jim DeMint (R-S.C.).
The aide said the compromise would have more than enough votes to pass.
The House is expected to pass the compromise, which cuts about $38 billion from 2011 spending levels, Wednesday afternoon.
Senate aides expect the House to send the package to the Senate for consideration between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday.