The Senate will hold a vote series starting at 11:30 a.m. ET that will include a vote on final passage of the measure, which is expected to pass in the upper chamber. It will then go to President Donald Trump for his expected signature.
As of Wednesday night, Senate Republican leaders were still working to relieve objections on their side of the aisle to components of the month-long continuing resolution to keep the government operating past the deadline when funding expires.
The holdup forced Senate leadership to abandon efforts to have a vote on the bill late Wednesday and instead try to pass it Thursday, according to a Senate Democratic leadership aide. An agreement to hold a vote on Thursday was later reached.
“Nothing is easy,” Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, the GOP Whip said on Wednesday, before adding that he was hopeful concerns about the bill would resolve as the deadline approaches Thursday and the threat of a shutdown becomes more real.
Against the backdrop of the impeachment inquiry, lawmakers have not yet reached bipartisan agreement on the 12 regular annual appropriations bills needed to fund the government. The passage of another stop-gap measure will allow for more time to negotiate.
Congress already passed a short-term funding extension earlier in the year — at the end of September — that set up the impending funding deadline this week.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters earlier in the week, “the wall, I think, is the major impediment” to getting funding issues resolved. Hoyer argued that other spending bills are “being held hostage essentially” as a result.
Ahead of the House’s passage of its stop-gap bill, Hoyer said, “I hope the Senate will quickly pass it and the President will sign it.”