According to a person familiar with the discussions, Senate Republican and Democratic negotiators are close to reaching an agreement on a short-term budget bill to keep the government operating after Oct. 1.
The measure would extend financing for four to six weeks, according to the individual, who did not want to be identified because they were discussing private discussions. This is a lesser extension than Democrats had hoped for, but it may be enough to carry the package past the House.
If the Senate passes the interim package and sends it to the House, Speaker Kevin McCarthy will have to make a difficult decision about whether to conduct a vote.
It is uncertain if the Senate plan would contain immediate disaster relief or support to Ukraine in its ongoing conflict with Russia. Some House Republicans have not supported the White House’s desired items, notably the Ukraine package.
Senate negotiators worked all weekend and plan to continue working until Tuesday morning. The Senate is set to vote on a Federal Aviation Administration bill on Tuesday, which might serve as the vehicle for the interim solution.
McCarthy has so far been unable to assemble enough Republican support for a competing temporary proposal that would slash spending by 27% and reform border policy, which the White House and Senate Democrats would oppose. Conservatives have vowed to depose McCarthy if the Senate measure is put to a vote.