Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHouse to act on debt ceiling next week White House warns GOP of serious consequences on debt ceiling Lindsey Graham: Police need 'to take a firm line' with Sept. 18 rally attendees MORE (Ky.) said Sunday he and Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidDemocrats say Biden must get more involved in budget fight Biden looks to climate to sell economic agenda Justice Breyer issues warning on remaking Supreme Court: 'What goes around comes around' MORE (D-Nev.) have agreed to a short-term spending measure to keep the federal government operating into March 2011.
“We're going to pass a short-term continuing resolution over into March,” McConnell said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
A Senate Democratic aide, however, said a deal is not final and "there are still outstanding issues."
Reid attempted to pass a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that would have funded the government through the end of fiscal year 2011. But he had to pull the bill from the Senate floor after nine Republican senators who had pledged to vote for it yanked their support at the last moment, according to Democratic aides.
The House earlier this month passed a continuing resolution to fund the government through Sept. 30.
Republicans wanted a shorter stop-gap spending measure to give Republicans an opportunity to cut federal spending when they take over the House in January.
On Thursday, McConnell proposed a one-page resolution funding the government through Feb. 18.