A procedural vote overwhelmingly went down to 82-6 to limit the debate and pave the way for a final vote to approve the spending measure, setting the final step just hours before government funding expires at midnight Wednesday unless that leaders do not consent to an earlier period of time.
The resolution continues, albeit far below bipartisan funding accounts for the full year, is the product of bipartisan negotiations and an agreement between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, which appeared to be falling apart. a few weeks before the loan expires. . But the deal, once signed into law, will eliminate the threat of a closure ahead of the presidential election in November from the table, even though it does include the possibility of a fight for funding and a potential closure after the election and just before the start . of a new Congress.
The bipartisan funding deal signed by Pelosi and Mnuchin includes a provision that will likely send tens of billions of dollars to the Commodity Credit Corporation – a priority for Republicans and bipartisan members of states and agricultural districts, which will replenish crucial aid to farmers. This includes some restrictions, after Democrats raised concerns that the money was being used by the Trump administration to distribute funds for political interests.
The measure also includes nearly $ 8 billion in nutritional assistance, a central democratic priority during the negotiations.
After the negotiations broke down, the Democrats had initially worked out an interim measure that excluded agricultural aid and nutrition assistance and were ready to vote on that measure last week.
But the threat to move the measure without bipartisan consensus – and the possibility of Democrats in heavily agricultural districts deserting – has served to increase the risk of a government shutdown given the tight timeline before the government funding expires on September 30. , and ultimately both sides went back to the table and made the deal.
The attention for the appropriators, once the Senate has approved the provisional measure, will turn to what can be achieved over the next two months. Lawmakers in both chambers say the goal remains to approve and reconcile funding bills for the rest of the fiscal year. But they also recognize that the November election results will play a significant role in what will be done before the new Congress – and potentially the new administration – takes office in 2021.
This story was updated with further developments on Tuesday.