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Senate May Pass Short-Term Stoppgap Spending Bill: Dick Durbin

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Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., listens to testimony by Director of the National Security Agency (NSA), Gen. Keith B. Alexander, Rand Beers, Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, Patrick Gallagher, director of the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Richard McFeely, Executive Assistant Director of Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch, Federal Bureau of Investigation, about NSA surveillance before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Capitol Hill | AP

WASHINGTON -- The Senate's No. 2 Democrat says the chamber may come out in favor of a smaller patch for bankrolling the government than the one envisioned in a temporary spending bill passed by the Republican-dominated House.

The idea, says Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, would be to get Congress working sooner than mid-December on a more sweeping piece of legislation – known as an omnibus spending bill – that he hopes would reverse some automatic spending cuts known as sequestration.

The chief focus of the stopgap spending bill that narrowly cleared the House would be to avoid a partial government shutdown when the budget year ends next week. Tea party-leaning members of the House GOP caucus successfully attached language that would strip funding for President Barack Obama's health care program.

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