The GOP bill also seeks to force the Senate into passing a budget for the first time in nearly four years. Under the bill, members of Congress would have their pay withheld if their respective chamber fails to pass a budget.

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Senate Democrats countered by saying they will pass a budget anyway this year, and generally welcomed the GOP bill as a chance to get out from under the current debt-ceiling constraints, even if just for a short while.

Democrats did not announce when a final vote might take place, but are hoping it can be by the end of the week.

Also Wednesday, Sen. John KerryJohn KerryWhere do we stand on the Iran deal under President Trump? New York Knicks owner gave 0K to pro-Trump group A bold, common sense UN move for the Trump administration MORE (D-Mass.) plans to deliver his farewell speech at 2:30 p.m. on the Senate floor. The Senate confirmed him as the next secretary of State on Tuesday.