That’s how many senators voted yesterday to advance a bipartisan budget deal.
Twelve Republicans joined all 55 members of the Democratic caucus in voting to move the legislation forward, presaging its passage by the Senate today. President Barack Obama would sign it into law.
“The measure’s main accomplishment is easing $63 billion in automatic spending cuts over two years and putting in place a formal budget,” Bloomberg’s Heidi Przybyla and Kathleen Hunter wrote in this story. It’s the first bipartisan federal budget in four years.
For a detailed look at the provisions of the budget agreement, see Cameron Leuthy’s analysis for Bloomberg Government.
Provisions include a three-month “doc fix” extending payments to Medicare providers. This “could create significant technical and fiscal headaches for Medicare Advantage (MA) health plans,” Matt Barry writes in this BGOV analysis.
Ten of the 12 Republican senators on 2014 ballots voted against advancing the agreement. Many of them face primary challenges from competitors aligned with some Tea Party groups who said the compromise doesn’t do enough to curb federal spending.
Senators up for re-election who voted no “are trying to inoculate themselves against attacks that they sought to raise U.S. spending,” Hunter and Przybyla reported.
The House approved the budget agreement on Dec. 12 by a 332-94 vote, with majorities of both parties voting in favor.