Senate passage of budget deal not certain

The Senate's #2 Democrat Dick Durbin voiced the worry that presidential ambitions and strong opposition from the Tea Party might yet derail the budget deal approved by the House last week. The Hill: Durbin estimated that Democrats will lose three members of their caucus on the vote, which means they'll need at least eight Republicans to cross the aisle and vote with them. The challenge Democratic leaders face in trying to round up the vote has been compounded by the outspoken opposition to the deal from Republicans weighing presidential bids and a slew of Republican primary races in 2014. "A handful of members of the Senate are vying for the presidency in years to come and are thinking about this vote in that context and others are, frankly, afraid of this new force, the Tea Party force, the Heritage Foundation force, that is threatening seven out of the 12 senators running for reelection," Durbin said on CBS's "Face the Nation." Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Rand Paul...(Read Full Post)