Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidAmendments fuel resentments within Senate GOP Donald Trump is delivering on his promises and voters are noticing Danny Tarkanian wins Nevada GOP congressional primary MORE (D-Nev.) on Wednesday moved forward on a $984 billion spending bill after GOP senators lifted their hold on the measure.

Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump's America fights back Mellman: Trump can fix it GOP strategist Steve Schmidt denounces party, will vote for Democrats MORE (R-Ariz.) and Tom CoburnThomas (Tom) Allen CoburnMr. President, let markets help save Medicare Pension insolvency crisis only grows as Congress sits on its hands Paul Ryan should realize that federal earmarks are the currency of cronyism MORE (R-Okla.) had blocked the bill Tuesday, arguing that they had not been given enough time to read the 587-page legislation and charging that it contained wasteful spending.

Coburn took the floor on Wednesday and said he had finished reviewing the bill and was ready to proceed.

The bill, negotiated by Senate appropriators, would fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year and avert a government shutdown.

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The temporary delay angered Reid, who blamed Republicans for “another filibuster."

“This is a real shame,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “I said last week that we’d have opportunity for amendments … but each day that goes by we’re unable to have the amendment process.”

But Coburn defended the delay, saying that senators needed more time to properly review the bill's provisions.


“We have no objection to proceeding to this bill if there is a fair and open process,” Coburn said on the floor. “There was no attempt to filibuster this bill, there was an attempt to do our jobs.”

Reid wants to finish the process on the spending resolution so that the upper chamber can switch its attention to moving Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayDemocrats protest Trump's immigration policy from Senate floor IBM-led coalition pushes senators for action on better tech skills training Members of Congress demand new federal gender pay audit MORE’s (D-Wash.) budget proposal before the Easter recess.

The Senate is hoping to conclude work on the measure this week and send it back to the House for a final vote. If the House and Senate do not agree to a measure by March 27, the government could shut down.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara MikulskiBarbara Ann MikulskiDems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee Robert Mueller's forgotten surveillance crime spree Clinton: White House slow-walking Russia sanctions MORE (D-Md.) and ranking member Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) negotiated the bill, which sets the same spending levels as a government funding measure approved by the House last week. 

But the Senate bill adds three full appropriations measures to the House version. The House bill, H.R. 933, funded defense, military construction and veterans programs, while the Senate version adds appropriations for agriculture, homeland security, and the commerce, justice and science funds.