Several Republican senators agree to back a vote on bipartisan budget bill
WASHINGTON - Several conservative Senate Republicans have swung behind a bipartisan budget bill, apparently giving it enough momentum to win a pivotal test in the Senate over the passive resistance of top party leaders.
It will take at least five Republicans to advance the measure Tuesday over a 60-vote threshold demanded by Republican leaders under Senate rules. Announcements by Republicans Orrin Hatch, Johnny Isakson, Saxby Chambliss and others Monday that they would back that step appeared to seal enough Republican support to advance the measure to a final vote.
The budget would ease some of the harshest cuts required under automatic spending curbs. It would replace $45 billion in scheduled cuts for the 2014 budget year, lifting agency budgets to a little more than $1 trillion.
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