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Hatch backs budget deal: 'Sometimes the answer has to be yes'

You can add another Republican senator who is supporting the Ryan-Murray budget deal: Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT).

Hatch said in a statement:

“This agreement isn’t everything I’d hoped it would be, and it isn’t what I would have written. But sometimes the answer has to be yes. The reality is that Republicans only control one-half of one-third of government. Ultimately, this agreement upholds the principles conservatives stand for and, with Democrats controlling the White House and the Senate, it is the best we could hope for."

As First Thoughts observed this morning, it already appeared likely that the measure would get the 60 votes needed on Tuesday to clear a key procedural hurdle.

Per NBC News’ count, at least five Senate Republicans say they’re supporting “yes” on the cloture vote -- Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Susan Collins (R-ME), Richard Burr (R-NC), and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI). In addition, In addition, NBC's Kasie Hunt says that GOP Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH), John Hoeven (R-ND), and Bob Corker (R-TN) are on the fence at least when it comes to the decision about whether to cut off debate

So Hatch's support means it's even more than likely to have enough votes to pass.