Democrats Push GOP Speaker's Spending Bill Over Finish Line

Senate leaders voted last night in favor of the short-term government funding bill the House passed Tuesday night ahead of Friday’s shutdown deadline — with 209 Democratic votes, since so many Republicans refused to pass it. Via ABC News:

House Speaker Mike Johnson pitched a two-step plan that he described as a “laddered CR” — or continuing resolution — that will keep the government funded at 2023 levels. The bill extends government funding until Jan. 19 for the Veterans Affairs, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Energy departments, as well as for military construction. The rest of the government is funded until Feb. 2.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer previously announced that the upper chamber intended to work with Republicans to pass the bill as early as Wednesday.

While Senate bills typically take a long, winding path before they reach a final vote on the floor, Schumer previously said he planned to work with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to see if they could expedite it.

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