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 BaldwinPoll: Democrats inch forward in Wisconsin Primary turnout soars in 2018 with Dems leading charge Senate rankings: 10 seats most likely to flip 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 EnziCruz gets help from Senate GOP in face of serious challenge from O’Rourke Budget chairs press appropriators on veterans spending Forcing faith-based agencies out of the system is a disservice to women 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.