Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidBill O'Reilly: Politics helped kill Kate Steinle, Zarate just pulled the trigger Tax reform is nightmare Déjà vu for Puerto Rico Ex-Obama and Reid staffers: McConnell would pretend to be busy to avoid meeting with Obama 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 McCainGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat Meghan McCain knocks Bannon: 'Who the hell are you' to criticize Romney? Dems demand Tillerson end State hiring freeze, consult with Congress MORE (R-Ariz.) and Tom CoburnThomas (Tom) Allen CoburnFormer GOP senator: Trump has a personality disorder Lobbying World -trillion debt puts US fiscal house on very shaky ground 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 turn on Al Franken VA slashes program that helps homeless veterans obtain housing: report The Hill's 12:30 Report 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 MikulskiClinton: White House slow-walking Russia sanctions Top Lobbyists 2017: Hired Guns Gore wishes Mikulski a happy birthday at 'Inconvenient Sequel' premiere 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.