Senate Republicans Block Progress On Budget

AP

The GOP isn’t reversing its 180 on returning to “regular order” in the budget process. 

On the Senate floor Tuesday morning, Majority Leader Harry Reid moved to appoint seven Democratic and five Republican Senate negotiators to a conference committee with House counterparts, to iron out major differences between the two chambers’ budgets.

Now that both bodies have passed budgets, convening a conference committee is the next step in “regular order,” which Republicans have insisted on returning to for several months. 

But speaking on behalf of Senate Budget Committee ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) objected to Reid’s request. 

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