(Bloomberg) -- The Senate adopted a fiscal 2016budget that calls for $5.1 trillion in spending cuts to achievebalance in 10 years, while avoiding proposals to partiallyprivatize Medicare as many Republicans brace for re-election.

In the 52-46 vote Friday, Senate Republicans, who control thechamber for the first time in eight years, persuaded enough oftheir members to back a compromise fiscal blueprint to avoid theembarrassment of a failed vote.

Republicans, with a 54-46 Senate majority, could afford onlythree defections to adopt the budget. Presidential candidateSenator Ted Cruz, of Texas, and potential 2016 contender, SenatorRand Paul, of Kentucky cast the only Republican votesagainst the budget. That action came after the Senate voted in amarathon session on dozens of politically charged amendments thatare sure to become campaign fodder.

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