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Monday, December 16, 2013

Sunday Show Round Up -- Majority Whip says there are not enough votes for the budget deal to pass the Senate -- By Ellison Barber, The Washington Free Beacon

Ryan and MuraySenate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) praised the Ryan-Murray budget on Sunday while cautioning that the Senate does not yet have the votes to pass it.

“We have a handful [of Republicans] but we need more. Some are still thinking about it. Over the weekend I’ve talked to one or two of them in the process, and it’s a tough vote for them because of this Tea Party threat,” said Durbin.

“I know that there are members of the House Republican leadership reaching out to some Senators to persuade them. But keep in mind,” Durbin added, “this is a relatively new development where seven out of the twelve republican senators running are facing Tea Party primary opposition, and that is a relatively new phenomena in the Senate.”

Durbin’s comments came during an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

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