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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Budget Vote Set

WASHINGTON () -- Facing likely defeat, Senate Republicans set a showdown vote for Thursday on the balanced budget amendment and vowed to revive the issue at the height of the 1996 election season if it fails.

Majority Leader Bob Dole sharply attacked several Democrat opponents Wednesday for what he called a "stunning flip-flop" on a measure similar to one they supported a year ago. Other Republican senators criticized President Clinton's opposition.

Five Democrats -- more than enough to secure passage -- rebutted with a letter pledging to vote for the amendment if Republicans agree to keep Social Security trust funds off limits to budget cutters.

Dole abruptly postponed a final showdown Tuesday, avoiding an apparent one-vote defeat.