Vote-a-Rama

Senate all-nighter leads to first budget approval in four years, but won't solve fiscal crisis.
3:00 | 03/23/13

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The senate passing a budget, the first time that's happened in four years. We asked tonight, will it make an ounce of a difference? Here's reena ninan from the capital tonight. Reporter: Congress begins its spring break today. But they had to pull an all-nighter to get there. 13 hours of debate. Doing this has been aherculean feat. Reporter: And for the first time in four years, the senate passed a budget. Even the republican minority leader thought it was a healthy debate. One of the senate's finest days in recent years. Reporter: The senate bill calls for $1 trillion in new taxes over the next ten years. With significantly less spending cuts than the house plan. The budget vote fell along party lines. Not a single republican voted in favor. And four democrats facing re-election voted against it. This budget isn't binding, just a blueprint. So now the senate will have to work with the house and the president to reach common ground. Until a budget is reached, the automatic spending cuts leaving government workers furloughed and closing air traffic control towers will keep on going. David? While we're talking about the budget, reena, I want to ask you something viewers have been tweeted about joe biden and the other number he rang u week. Reporter: That's right. 1 million for time in a london and paris hotel for him and his security and staff. The state department secured the contracts with the hotels. It said the bill in on par with what they usually spend for a high-level visit. I'm guessing the holiday inn wasn't an option. Reena, thank you. Tomorrow morning, on abc's "this week" george's guests include karl rove and jim messina. On guns, gay marriage, and developments in the budget you just heard.

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