Prospects for budget pass in Senate

Eighth-grade students from Highland Middle School in La Grange, Ill., visit the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, as a partial government shutdown enters its third week. The Senate's top two leaders both expressed optimism Monday that they were closing in on an agreement to prevent a national financial default and reopen the government after a two-week partial shutdown. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Eighth-grade students from Highland Middle School in La Grange, Ill., visit the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, as a partial government shutdown enters its third week. The Senate's top two leaders both expressed optimism Monday that they were closing in on an agreement to prevent a national financial default and reopen the government after a two-week partial shutdown. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The bipartisan budget measure that was easily approved by the House yesterday appears to have the 60 votes necessary to clear the Senate. That's according to officials in both parties.

But unlike in the House, significantly more Senate Republicans are expected to oppose the measure than vote for it.

Overall, the legislation erases a total of $63 billion in across-the-board cuts in the next two budget years, and specifies $85 billion in savings over a decade. By raising spending levels, it's designed to eliminate the threat of another budget shutdown like the one this fall.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has announced a test vote for Tuesday on the measure.


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