Senate Likely to Pass Murray-Ryan

by Andrew Stiles

The Murray-Ryan budget deal won’t have much support from Senate Republicans, but it is likely to get just enough to secure its passage, Politico reports:

Senate Democrats are on the cusp of securing enough GOP votes to next week break a filibuster on the bipartisan budget, temporarily ending the fiscal crises that have dominated Washington for the past several years.

With 53 Democrats and two independents expected to back the measure, four Republicans — John McCain of Arizona, Susan Collins of Maine, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Richard Burr of North Carolina — said that they would vote to cut off debate on the budget, putting proponents just one vote shy of advancing the measure to final passage.

Several additional GOP senators signaled Friday that they may also vote to advance the deal, including Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee, Lisa Murkowksi of Alaska and John Hoeven of North Dakota, giving proponents new confidence that a messy and acrimonious first session of the 113th Congress appears close to ending just before Christmas.

The House passed the measure Thursday evening by a vote of 332–94, with considerable support from Republicans, who backed it 169–62.

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