The U.S. Senate has passed a budget, but Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is unsure how much of it can become law. The Senate passed a budget on Saturday for the first time in four years, and Durbin was asked Monday whether the differences with the House budget are so vast as to be irreconcilable.
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“I wouldn’t say irreconcilable, but I would say they are vastly different, vastly different. Whether they (the conference committee) can reach an agreement, I’m not sure,” he said. But at least the wheels are turning in Washington, Durbin says, with each chamber having a budget on the table, and the president talking to congressional leaders about a grand bargain, a multi-year plan on spending and deficit reduction.
Getting Senate Democrats to pass a budget persuaded House Republicans to delay a debt ceiling calamity by three months.