Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Friday morning moved to table the House-passed continuing resolution to fund the federal government past Sept. 30.
The measure can now be laid aside in the Senate by a simple majority, a number Reid should be able to easily achieve in the Democrat-controlled upper chamber.
The majority leader said he had not yet received the spending measure passed by the House and instead had to bring up the funding bill through procedural gymnastics, attaching it by amendment to another House-originated bill already received in the Senate regarding small businesses.
“I have been waiting her for the Speaker [of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio)] for the last half an hour and he hasn’t called,” said Reid, sounding annoyed. “So, I ask unanimous consent that … the House message is considered to have been laid before the Senate.”
The Senate is almost certain to table the measure, which was passed early Friday morning in the House after a similar version failed on Wednesday. Democrats object to the measure, in part because of the low level of funding it provides to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The agency is short of funds after a summer of massive damage from natural disasters, including Midwest tornadoes, Texas fires and a hurricane that whipped the East Coast.