The Senate cleared a three-week continuing resolution for the president’s signature Thursday, with nine conservative Republicans opposing because it didn’t cut spending enough, and three Democrats and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) opposing because it cut too much.
The spending measure, which passed 87-13, would keep the government funded through April 8 and would cut $6 billion in spending.
Several Republicans warned that this would be the last time they would support a short-term CR.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said negotiations were already under way with the House and the White House on a spending measure to finish out the fiscal year. Staff members for Reid, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the White House met Wednesday night to discuss a long-term CR.
Reid said he was encouraged that Boehner needed Democratic votes to pass the short-term bill in the House on Tuesday.
“This week’s House vote on that proposal was encouraging because it showed that Republicans need Democratic votes to move forward and that both sides are willing to compromise,” Reid said.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.