The Senate passed a nine-month fiscal 2012 spending bill Saturday, 67-32, eliminating the risk of government shutdowns until next fall.
The vote came on a conference report of an omnibus spending package. Democrats this week held up a deal on the measure while negotiating over a payroll-tax holiday for workers and other year-end measures. The Senate considers a two-month extension of those measures on Saturday as well.
The spending bill now goes to President Obama for his signature. Congress on Friday passed a one-day continuing resolution to keep government funded past the expiration last night of a prior continuing resolution.
The Senate is now set for a vote approving disaster aid funding that this summer's Budget Control Act excludes from offset requirements. The chamber is expected Saturday to reject a separate House-passed bill imposing spending cuts to cover the cost of the disaster funding. The House took up that measure to appease conservatives upset that the funding is not offset.