Senators eye endgame on spending package, radiation bill

By Andres Picon | 03/07/2024 06:40 AM EST

Senate leaders are hoping to pass the fiscal 2024 package to avoid a partial shutdown this weekend.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) calls on a reporter during a press conference at the Capitol on Wednesday. Francis Chung/POLITICO

Senate leaders are eyeing a final vote on the fiscal 2024 spending package ahead of a Friday night deadline, but must overcome resistance from Republicans who are seeking last-minute amendments.

The House passed the six-bill minibus Wednesday afternoon with overwhelming bipartisan support. Senate leaders planned a vote to advance the bill on a procedural motion in the evening but ultimately punted as GOP senators demanded changes, including the elimination of earmarks.

Final passage of the $459 billion measure would avoid a lapse in funding for the Department of Energy, the Department of the Interior, EPA and a host of other agencies starting this weekend.


Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) moved to wind down debate on the spending package Wednesday evening. Absent an agreement on amendments or time, the Senate won’t be scheduled to vote until Friday.