Senate may take up amendment against EPA tailpipe rule

By Andres Picon, Kelsey Brugger | 03/22/2024 04:16 PM EDT

Leaders were negotiating possible amendments to the fiscal 2024 spending package with hours to go before a partial government shutdown.

Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho).

Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) wants a vote on legislation to scrap EPA's new tailpipe rule. Mariam Zuhaib/AP

This story was updated on March 25 at 9:57 a.m. EDT.

Whether a large portion of the federal government runs out of money early Saturday will depend on senators’ ability to quickly strike a deal on amendments to the fiscal 2024 spending package.

The House passed the six-bill minibus Friday morning, and Senate leaders were working to whittle down the list of amendments that Republican members have requested as a condition for allowing a vote before the midnight funding deadline.


They said they were making progress Friday afternoon, but a number of demands for partisan riders could still slow the chamber down and threaten a brief partial shutdown into the weekend.