Senate Vote Clears Budget Deal For Passage

Source: Susan Davis / USA Today

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday cleared a key procedural hurdle for final passage of a two-year, bipartisan budget deal before the end of the week.

By a vote of 67-33, Senate Democrats easily surpassed the 60-vote threshold required to end debate and move towards approving the legislation, which is expected by Thursday.

“It is a step in the right direction and a dramatic improvement over the status quo,” said Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., who crafted the agreement with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc.

“I’m hopeful this deal can be just the first of many bipartisan deals, that it can rebuild some of the trust and bring Democrats and Republicans together and demonstrate that government can work for the people we all represent.”

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