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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 ReidThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - CDC in limbo on J&J vax verdict; Rep. Brady retiring Biden to tap Erika Moritsugu as new Asian American and Pacific Islander liaison White House races clock to beat GOP attacks 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 WarrenPoll: 56 percent say wealth tax is part of solution to inequality Democratic senators call on Biden to support waiving vaccine patents Democrats reintroduce bill to block US from using nuclear weapons first MORE (D-Mass.), a leading liberal, and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzUS has seen 45 mass shootings in the past month The Hill's 12:30 Report: Nearly half of U.S. adults partially or fully vaccinated Cruz no longer wearing mask in Capitol 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.