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GOP Promises New, Improved Senate

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Republicans say if they win control of the Senate this fall, Mitch McConnell would open up the chamber’s amendment process in his position as Majority Leader.

Still, Blunt predicted, the GOP would have to use reconciliation to get much of its agenda accomplished, noting that it isn’t going to get to 60 votes any time soon.

“It’s an important tool,” he said. “It’s one that we would have to use. ... The budget for us becomes the key to the kingdom in terms of governing.”

Niels Lesniewski contributed to this report.

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