"We were anxious to start the process in order to get much-needed funding to our troops on the ground and into recovery efforts in Haiti and along the Gulf Coast," Lewis said in a release. "Republicans were prepared to stay all night to get this vital bill through committee."
The Senate voted to end debate on their version of their $58.8 billion emergency spending bill earlier today, providing for 30 more hours of debate on the bill.
The House and Senate versions of the measure differ by nearly $12 billion, with the Senate's bill focused on funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and disaster aid here and in Haiti. The House's proposal includes $70 billion in discretionary spending, including $23 billion for education initiatives in addition to funding to beef up personnel along the U.S.-Mexico border.