The motion was defeated on a 46 to 53 vote. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) joined with the united Republican conference to support it.
The motion to recommit was offered by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). It would have sent the budget back to the Budget Committee until Saturday with instructions to make it balance by 2023.
â€œTonight the American people witnessed a remarkable and alarming event: the Senateâ€™s Democrat majority declared they do not want to balance the budget, will not balance the budget, and will oppose any effort to balance the budget in any way,” Sessions said after the vote.
The Senate Democratic budget does not project a balance, despite raising $975 billion in taxes and cutting an equal amount of spending using a baseline favored by Democrats.
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