The Washington Times - December 16, 2013, 08:44AM

Sen. Chuck Schumer said Monday he thinks the budget deal passed by the House will get through the Senate this week, despite the tough scramble to grab enough GOP votes to put it over the goal line.

“I think it’s a pretty safe bet it’s going to pass,” the New York Democrat told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

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Mr. Schumer said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and the rest of the Republican leadership know “they can’t let it go down,” after budget turmoil earlier this year that resulted in a government shutdown and hindered Republicans’ favorability in the polls.

Sparring with program host Joe Scarborough, Mr. Schumer said Senate Democrats led by Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada would budge on entitlement reforms if the Republicans come up with some offsetting funding.

“Not a single Republican has come out for any revenue increases,” Mr. Schumer said.