POSTED: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 11:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 11:09pm
The U.S. Senate will tackle the House-passed budget deal, a farm bill, and long term unemployment benefits this week. Steve Handelsman reports.
(NBC News) The Senate is set to pass the bipartisan House budget deal as early as Tuesday, despite objections from some some Republicans.
At least five Senate Republicans have to vote for the bill, and several have already voiced their support.
The deal does not extend unemployment benefits or reverse the cut in food stamps as some Democrats had hoped, but to Senator Mark Warner of Virginia what matters more is getting on a path to a grand budget bargain.
He says tackling some "sacred cows" comes next.
"Tax reform to generate revenues. Entitlement reform so that Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid can be there 30 years from now. That means both political parties are going to have to give," Warner says.
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