Senate on verge of major spending deal ahead of possible government shutdown

The House of Representatives passed a measure to fund government until March 23

— -- The Senate is on the verge of a bipartisan deal to end the gridlock over the government's operations, as Congress faces a deadline Thursday that could produce the second shutdown of the year.

That bill now heads to the Senate where the minimal expectation is for Democrats to strip out the full year of defense spending.

That deal is close, according to Senate leaders, but it is not finalized yet.

Once the Senate amends the House-passed bill, it will need to go through another vote in the House before government funding runs out at the end of the day Thursday.

House Democrats relocated their planned policy retreat from Cambridge, Maryland to the U.S. Capitol in anticipation of further consideration of a spending package, should the Senate amend the House-passed bill.