The White House on Tuesday called for passage of the Senate's compromise spending bill that would fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year, as the bill appeared to hit a snag.
"The Administration urges the Congress to promptly pass this bipartisan compromise allowing critical government functions to operate without interruption in order to protect national security and ensure that Americans continue to receive vital services and benefits," said the White House in its official Statement of Administration Policy.
The $984 billion spending bill, released late Monday evening, is a compromise bill hammered out between Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and ranking member Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) designed to avert a government shutdown on March 27, when the current stopgap expires.
Despite the bipartisan agreement though, Mikulski and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters on Tuesday that the bill is being held up by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.).
Debate on the measure started Tuesday morning.
The White House statement said the Senate legislation improves on the House-passed legislation "by strengthening funding for transportation infrastructure, manufacturing, research and development, early childhood programs, and housing programs."
"Further, the Administration strongly supports inclusion of several full-year appropriations bills, which will improve the ability to efficiently allocate funding to key investments, including those that support science and innovation, nutrition, cybersecurity, community safety and national defense," the statement added.