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 BaldwinBuilding back better by investing in workers and communities The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate nears surprise deal on short-term debt ceiling hike Overnight Defense & National Security — Pentagon chiefs to Congress: Don't default 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 EnziCheney on same-sex marriage opposition: 'I was wrong' What Republicans should demand in exchange for raising the debt ceiling Senate votes to end debate on T infrastructure bill 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.