Congress faces looming deadlines to renew highway funding and Patriot Act provisions.
Cardin said it was “a stretch” to even say that the committee was in the beginning stages.
Monday's vote is an indication that GOP leaders will not try to amend the legislation.
Sanders is calling on President Obama to announce a new executive action.
House Democratic leaders had urged members to oppose the spending bill.
Obama has threatened to veto the circumvention of spending caps.
Congress faces a May 31 deadline to keep federal transportation funding flowing.
The House is expected to pass a $612 billion policy bill despite Democratic opposition.
The proposal would aim to close the facility by the end of 2017.
Cristina Marcos 05/14/15 07:09 PM EDT
The House voted to strip the provision from the annual defense bill.