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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today said Congress will need to work in a cooperative and bipartisan fashion over the next several weeks to complete the FY2018 appropriations process successfully.

The Senate early Friday morning approved a continuing resolution to fund government operations at existing levels through March 23.  The legislation also included a two-year agreement on spending levels and an $89.3 billion emergency supplemental package to aid the victims of recent natural disasters.  The bill passed by a 71 to 28 vote.

“I appreciate the many hours of negotiations that have gone into this legislation,” Cochran said.  “I hope we continue in this cooperative and bipartisan fashion as we undertake the challenging work of crafting responsible legislation to finish the 2018 appropriations cycle and begin next year’s bills.”

The bill requires passage by the House of Representatives before it can be sent to President Trump, who has indicated he will sign it into law.

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