Our Capitol Hill Insider Elizabeth Letchworth gives us an update on the Senate's action this week on the controversial 2014 Budget.
For the first time in what seems like ages, Congress has passed a government spending plan without resorting to last-minute brinkmanship such as midnight negotiations to prevent an imminent government shutdown.
The Senate voted 64-36 today to send the compromise federal budget framework to President Barack Obama, who has signaled his support. Nine Republicans joined the majority Democrats to provide the required majority of at least 51 votes to pass.
Last week, the budget plan easily passed the House on a 332-94 vote, with solid majorities of both parties supporting it.
Now the Senate tackles the National Defense Appropriation Act, which will fund defense programs for 2014.
Also joining us -- Daniel Rothschild, about how much it will cost BP in fines for its culpability in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and who will benefit from the monies to be distributed to the Gulf states affected by the spill.
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