Budget plan faces Senate vote

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The budget agreement that won approval in the House yesterday now faces a Tuesday test vote in the Senate.
   
Democrats will need at least five Republican votes to overcome a filibuster hurdle. Republicans are leaning against the measure in the Senate despite sweeping Republican support in the House.
   
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida describes it as "compromise just for the sake of compromise." He tells "CBS This Morning" that the government "continues to spend more money than it takes in at an alarming pace."
   
Yesterday's House vote was a big win for Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur), who earlier in the day had lashed out at conservative interest groups that target Republicans for supporting measures that the groups don't think are conservative enough.
   
Senate Democrats, who would have preferred that the legislation extend unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless, say they will address that issue separately when the chamber reconvenes next year.
   
The budget agreement would bring a temporary cease-fire to the budget wars that have gridlocked Washington for much of the three years since Republicans reclaimed control of the House. It would leave in place most of the $1 trillion in automatic cuts that are slated to hit the Pentagon, domestic agencies and Medicare providers through 2021, but it erases an especially harsh set of cuts in the next two years.

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