Senate moves toward final vote on 6-bill spending package

By Andres Picon | 03/08/2024 04:12 PM EST

Lawmakers on Friday afternoon were still trying to figure out when they would pass legislation funding EPA and the Interior and Energy departments.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine).

Senate Appropriations ranking member Susan Collins (R-Maine) has been urging colleagues to pass six fiscal 2024 bills before midnight Friday. Jacquelyn Martin/POLITICO

The Senate took a procedural step Friday toward finally approving the fiscal 2024 spending package, but a brief partial shutdown remains possible.

Senators will need to overcome lingering Republican resistance to get the six-bill minibus to the president’s desk before midnight, when a number of federal agencies — including EPA, the Department of the Interior and the Department of Energy — would run out of money.

“I want to offer my colleagues a warning: If we do not act, at midnight tonight we will have a partial government shutdown,” said Maine Sen. Susan Collins, the chamber’s top Republican appropriator.


“I would urge my colleagues to stop playing with fire here,” she said.