Senate to pass short-term funding bill

The Senate will act quickly to pass a short-term funding resolution to keep the government open beyond midnight Thursday, Democratic and Republican aides say.

Senior aides predict Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidLobbying World Mitch McConnell is not invincible Seven big decisions facing Biden in 2020 primary MORE (D-Nev.) won’t have any problem getting unanimous consent to keep the government open as soon as he receives a short-term funding measure from the House.

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Reid would be open to passing a two- or three-day measure funding the government or even a three-month continuing resolution if it becomes clear the House cannot pass the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending package, aides say.

Doing so would require unanimous consent from all 100 senators. But aides don’t expect an objection that would shutter government agencies on Friday.

A Democratic aide said Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan On The Money: Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump | Trump to offer B aid package for farmers | House votes to boost retirement savings | Study says new tariffs to double costs for consumers Overnight Energy: Democrats ask if EPA chief misled on vehicle emissions | Dem senators want NBC debate focused on climate change | 2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan MORE (D-Mass.), a leading liberal, and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Senate GOP votes to permanently ban earmarks Jim Carrey fires back at 'Joe McCarthy wanna-be' Cruz MORE (R-Texas), a leading conservative, would likely hail the passage of a stopgap funding measure as a victory.

A Republican aide said a three-month continuing resolution could pass Thursday night without dissent “because it’s just a CR.”

Senate aides expect House leaders to shelve the omnibus and move a stopgap if they cannot round up votes for the broader package before government funding expires at midnight.