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Senate schedules vote on stopgap bill well before shutdown deadline

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The Senate will vote on the House-passed stopgap spending bill Wednesday night.

If it passes, that means Congress will achieve the rare feat of sending a shutdown-averting bill to the president’s desk with more than 72 hours until the funding deadline. Both Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have expressed support for the short-term funding legislation. It will require 60 votes to pass.

The Senate will first vote on an amendment to the bill brought by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who had weighed objecting to passing the legislation quickly. Senators will then proceed to a full vote on the measure, followed by a vote that will designate who will serve on a conference committee that will negotiate the National Defense Authorization Act.