Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara MikulskiBarbara Ann MikulskiTwo women could lead a powerful Senate spending panel for first time in history Harris invites every female senator to dinner next week Will the real Lee Hamiltons and Olympia Snowes please stand up? MORE (D-Md.) praised the bipartisan, bicameral government funding bill.

“This means no government shutdown and no government on autopilot,” Mikulski said on the Senate floor Wednesday. “This is a monumental achievement.”


Mikulski said she expects the House to pass the $1.1 trillion bill Thursday — the same day the last continuing resolution expires. It's expected that the House and Senate will also vote on a short-term funding measure of two or three days to give the Senate more time on the larger funding bill since the deal wasn't released until Tuesday night.

“We’re showing we can work together, we can govern and we can get the job done,” Mikulski said.

The “cromnibus” funds most of the federal government through September 2015. As a protest of President Obama’s executive order on immigration reform, Republicans would only agree to fund the Department of Homeland Security through February.