Without enough votes to pass Congress' compromise fiscal 2005 budget plan, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) postponed the chamber's consideration of the bill until after the weeklong Memorial Day recess.
Four moderate Republicans were prepared to vote against the budget plan because it projects a fiscal 2005 deficit of $367 billion on total spending of $2.4 trillion. They were John McCain of Arizona, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, both of Maine, and Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island.
Republicans managed to push the bill through the House on Wednesday on a 216-213 vote. Earlier versions of the budget contained significant Medicaid cuts, but those were subsequently scrapped.