WASHINGTON (ap) The Senate votes today on a Democratic bill to extend government spending until November. As of now, funding runs out on Friday.
The bill would also give $3.7 billion to FEMA, whose disaster relief funding for victims of natural disasters is almost dry. That amount is the same as in the House Republican bill Democratic senators shot down last week.
But the Senate bill doesn't propose spending cuts to offset some of the disaster relief funding - cuts from clean energy programs that Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer calls "job killing."
Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell says not off-setting costs has led to the huge deficits the country is facing. And he believes he has enough votes to block the Democrats' plan.