The Senate is set to vote on an extension of a government shutdown deadline for more than a month, but the process is getting more complicated than ever before.
The Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would fund government operations through Sept. 30, the last day for which Congress could pass a continuing resolution to fund the government.
The bill passed in the House by a vote of 233-198.
It was the Senate’s first attempt to extend a government shut-down deadline since the last shutdown in December.
The Senate’s bill would give the White House until March 15 to negotiate a way to reopen the government if Democrats block a bill from passing.
It is expected that Senate Democrats will block the bill in order to allow the House to pass its own version of the spending bill.
House Speaker Paul Ryan has said he would be willing to negotiate over the shutdown.
Ryan has argued that the government needs to be shut down in order for the U.S. economy to recover from the damage inflicted by the financial crisis.
The shutdown was caused by a lack of funding for the Affordable Care Act, which the Republican-led Congress passed in 2010.