U.S. senators voted this morning to allow debate on the so-called Ryan-Murray budget compromise to end, a key procedural decision that permits the upper chamber to pass the deal and — assuming no differences with the House’s version — to go to the White House to become law. The procedural vote on Dec. 17, to invoke what is called cloture, needed 60 votes in the 100-seat Senate to pass, and it received 67. Such votes require the acquiescence of enough minority Republicans, as the ...

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