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SENATE MAJORITY Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks March 14 during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Gun control legislation the Senate debates next month will include an expansion of federal background checks for firearms buyers, Reid said March 21 in a victory for advocates of gun restrictions.

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Senate set to pass budget

WASHINGTON — Democrats controlling the Senate appear on track to pass their first budget in four years, promising a second, almost $1 trillion round of tax increases on top of more than $600 billion in higher taxes on the wealthy enacted in January.

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