Congress has wrapped up work on a compromise $3.4 trillion budget outline aimed at helping advance President Barack Obama's ambitious agenda despite staggering government deficits.
The Senate's 53-43 vote to pass the measure followed House action earlier.
The votes to adopt the nonbinding budget blueprint are only a first step toward Obama's goal of providing health care coverage for all Americans.
The budget plan also sets the parameters for subsequent tax and spending bills expected to boost clean energy programs and student aid and extend many of former President George W. Bush's tax cuts.
But the plan also fails to approve a renewal of Obama's $400 tax cut for most workers after it expires next year.