Senators opposed a budget amendment that would have provided two years of free community college. 

In a 45-55 vote, senators rejected the amendment offered by Sen. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinKlobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up Dems offer smaller step toward ‘Medicare for all' Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by America's 340B Hospitals — Powerful House committee turns to drug pricing | Utah governor defies voters on Medicaid expansion | Dems want answers on controversial new opioid MORE (D-Wis.).

The amendment would have paid for the two years of free community college by increasing taxes on higher earners. Baldwin suggested ahead of the vote that in addition to bolstering education, her amendment would cut the deficit. 


"My amendment would create a free community college program," she said, "making a bold investment in our nation's students, its work force and the future of our economy." 

Baldwin added that the program would be paid for by "asking millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share of taxes." 

But Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziWill Senate GOP try to pass a budget this year? Presumptive benefits to Blue Water Navy veterans are a major win If single payer were really a bargain, supporters like Rep. John Yarmuth would be upfront about its cost MORE (R-Wyo.) urged his colleagues to vote "no" on the amendment. 

"It's again telling the Finance Committee exactly how to do something," he said.