Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell challenger faces tougher path after rocky launch Funding a strong defense of our nation's democratic process can't wait The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants MORE (R-Ky.) said he would support the House-passed continued resolution (CR).

“While no bill is perfect, I believe this legislation is worth supporting,” McConnell said on the Senate floor Thursday.


Later Thursday, the Senate will vote on the House-passed stopgap spending measure.

On Wednesday, the House voted 319-108 to approve the $1 trillion bill that will keep the government funded through Dec. 11. The House added an amendment authorizing a program to train and equip moderate Syrian rebel groups to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

McConnell said he also supports provisions of the CR that provides resources to aid Ebola research.

If the Senate fails to pass the measure, the government could shut down on Oct. 1.

Some lawmakers oppose lumping the two issues together, but it was done in part so lawmakers could leave town by the end of the week to campaign for the midterm elections.