- The Senate has voted 67-33 to restrict the debate on the bipartisan budget bill that has already passed in the House, thereby ensuring that opponents can't use a filibuster to stop it.
- The ballot almost ensures that the Democrat-led chamber will approve the budget legislation, which sets spending at just above $1T over two years and eases some of the sequestration cuts in return for future savings elsewhere.
- The Senate could vote on the bill early today.
Budget passes key Senate procedural vote
Dec 18 2013, 02:30 ET