Senate Republicans Show Growing Opposition to Budget Deal
But probably don't have enough votes to block it
WASHINGTON — A growing number of Senate Republicans say they will not support the bipartisan, two-year budget agreement, but it is unlikely they have enough votes to block its ultimate passage.
"My final vote will definitely be a no," Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said Friday. "The question for a lot of us is what do we do on cloture itself," he added.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has scheduled a cloture vote — which allows a bill to come to the floor for a vote on final passage — for Tuesday, in which 60 senators must vote to end debate. Once that hurdle is cleared, Democrats will need only 51 votes to pass the budget deal hatched by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash.