Jeff Sessions promised to filibuster and Republican support was slow to emerge, leading columnists like Marc Thiessen to wonder if the Ryan-Murray murmur of a budget deal might die in the Senate. Not even close:
Twelve Senate Republicans joined all 55 Democrats and Independents on Tuesday to advance the bipartisan budget deal approved in a landslide House vote last week. President Obama also supports the measure.
The list of the Republican aisle-crossers contains the usual suspects along with a couple surprises: