Senate rejects House funding plan
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The Senate on Thursday rejected a House plan to pair a full year of defense funding with a short-term spending fix for the rest of the government.

Senators voted 55-44 on the plan, which needed 60 votes to overcome a procedural hurdle.

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Republican Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGeorgia governor says he didn't know asymptomatic people could spread coronavirus McConnell: Impeachment distracted government from coronavirus threat Warren knocks McConnell for forcing in-person Senate vote amid coronavirus pandemic MORE (Ky.) voted with Democrats against advancing the bill.

The outcome was widely expected after most Democrats warned they would not support the "cromnibus" — part continuing resolution (CR), part omnibus.

"To say our military needs help to the exclusion of all the other worthy causes is not fair to them and not good for America, and I have always argued [that] we can do both," Sen. Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer names coronavirus czar candidates in plea to White House Democrats struggle to keep up with Trump messaging on coronavirus Schumer: Fired inspector general will be remembered as a 'hero' MORE (D-N.Y.) said.


The vote, which was scheduled before lawmakers reached a budget deal, was widely viewed as a message to House Republicans that their preferred bill can't pass.

The budget agreement would lift the spending caps by roughly $300 billion over two years. It would also raise the debt ceiling through March 2019 and keep the government open through March 23.

The Senate is expected to pass that plan later Thursday.

--This report was updated at 1:11 p.m.