Senate Democrats Pass Their Budget

Just barely, for the first time in years


Senate Democrats approved their first budget in four years early Saturday morning—but just barely. 

The final vote, which was held after the Senate worked well past midnight churning through dozens of amendments, exposed cracks in Democratic unity as lawmakers facing re-election peeled off, citing the proposal's failure to tackle the deficit. In the end, the budget plan squeaked by on a razor-thin 50-49 vote.