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The chamber should be able to pass its measure Friday, though House prospects remain uncertain.
The measure would keep the department funded for no longer than a month.
Lynch's nomination will go to the full Senate floor after passing out of committee 12-8.
Funding for the department expires at midnight on Friday.
"Even as members of Congress like the House Energy and Commerce Committee have tried to reach out to find a bipartisan solution, we have not found a willing partner in the FCC ...
The two GOP leaders got together Wednesday, but unity remains elusive.
To prevent a DHS shutdown, Democrats have to trust that Ted Cruz and other Republicans won't betray them or hold up the whole process.