Reid said he hasn’t worked out a deal with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on just how many amendments will be offered or the process, but Reid said the C.R. needed to be passed by the end of the week. Government funding is set to expire on March 27.
The House passed a $984 billion bill that kept the sequester cuts in place. The bill would fund the government through Sept. 30.
The Senate bill maintains the House’s spending level, but adds three appropriations bills and gives the Obama administration greater flexibility to carry out this year’s $85 billion spending cut from sequestration.
Reid said he was proud of the work of Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and ranking member Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) for their bipartisan effort.