Brown told a Capitol says his budget "will take sacrifice from every sector of California."
The 71-26 vote marked a significant foreign policy achievement for the Obama administration during the lame-duck Congressional session.
Senate Republicans appeared increasingly determined to use the nuclear treaty as a political football in their drive to block all possible administration initiatives.
DREAM Act supporters, both in Congress and at the grassroots, vowed to continue the fight for justice.
The Obama administration stepped up its campaign to overcome a possible Republican filibuster of the DREAM Act.
"Right now we've made a tremendous sacrifice," Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said. "There's no pleasure in us giving the high income tax bracket these cuts."
California's labor movement was the game-changer in the state's Democratic election sweep.
If the Senate decides to vote on the new START treaty with Russia, it will likely garner enough votes for passage, an expert with a top Washington think tank predicted.
The U.S. Senate should revise its rules on filibusters and consent for judicial nominations in order to stop the growing trend of gridlock and indecision
"No action is a vote for the way things are," said Dr. Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals. "No action is abdication of federal responsibility."