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A bipartisan budget agreement overwhelmingly approved by the House appears likely to survive any procedural challenges and ultimately pass the Senate, according to interviews with key Republican senators.
The House voted 332 to 94 on Thursday night to approve a two-year budget outline, and Senate debate is expected to begin Tuesday, with a final vote expected later next week. While the measure will need just a majority of senators to pass, it first must clear a procedural vote requiring at least 60 votes in support.
Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) predicted in an interview with Bloomberg television airing Friday evening that there will be sufficient support for the budget deal among the 55 members of the Senate Democratic caucus and that it would "suicide if the Republicans didn't pass it."