WILL THE BUDGET PASS? The Senate is poised to vote on the budget, which passed the House this week, on Tuesday. Still, Senate Democrats have a few hurdles to jump before they can ensure its passage. Manu Raju and Burgess Everett write, “With 53 Democrats and two independents expected to back the measure, four Republicans — John McCain of Arizona, Susan Collins of Maine, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Richard Burr of North Carolina — said that they would vote to cut off debate on the budget, putting proponents just one vote shy of advancing the measure to final passage.” Manu Raju and Burgess Everett for POLITICO: Senate poised to pass budget
FIXING DYSFUNCTION: Dysfunction in the Senate this week has been high, with Republicans retaliating for the Democrats’ controversial rule change on the filibuster. The back and forth resulted in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid scheduling back-to-back all night sessions. The marathon sessions ended, though, with Reid saying that he was working with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and they planned to address the budget, defense bill and the nomination of Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve next week: Niels Lesniewski for Roll Call: Reid Ends Marathon Session, Announces Schedule for Budget, Defense Bills (Updated)
A CHANCE FOR SOLUTIONS: Some believe that after the collaboration on the budget this week, there’s a chance for Washington to deal with more problems. David Nakamura writes, “The budget agreement, which is expected to pass the Senate, also paves the way for a more normal appropriations process that will give the White House additional flexibility in deciding where to spend a bigger pot of money over the next two years.” David Nakamura for The Washington Post: Budget deal in Congress raises White House hopes on other priorities
STATE OF THE UNION: Speaker of the House John Boehner has formally invited President Barack Obama to deliver the State of the Union address on January 28, 2014:Jennifer Epstein for POLITICO: State of the Union set for Jan. 28
NO LABELS RADIO: No Labels Co-Chair Gov. Jon Huntsman was joined byPOLITICO’s Mike Allen, No Labels Co-Founder Dave Walker and Roll Call’s Christina Bellatoni on No Labels Radio this morning. Follow the conversation on Twitter at#NoLabelsRadio.
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STAT OF THE DAY: U.S. wholesale prices fell 0.1 percent in November, a sign of very little inflation in the U.S. economy: Josh Mitchell for The Wall Street Journal: U.S. Producer Prices Fall 0.1% in November