Senate Passes Short-Term Spending Bill Ahead Of Friday Deadline


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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter
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The Senate passed a short-term spending measure Thursday in an attempt to buy more time to negotiate the long-term omnibus spending bill.

The legislation extends funding at current levels for an additional five days, while lawmakers work on striking a deal. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers introduced the bill aimed at preventing a government shutdown Wednesday.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said, despite the president saying he would not agree to another continuing resolution earlier this year, he will sign the legislation if passed.

While progress is being made on negotiations for a full-year omnibus appropriations bill, it is clear that more time is needed to complete the package,” he said in a statement. “It is my hope and expectation that a final, year-long bill will be enacted before this new deadline.”

The House is expected to pass the measure before current funding expires Friday at midnight.

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