From NBC's Ken Strickland
At a news conference today, Majority Leader Harry Reid said he expects the Senate to pass the House GOP's short-term spending bill within the next 48 hours, thereby averting a government shutdown.
The House is expected to pass the bill later today. It funds government operations for two weeks, containing $4-billion in spending cuts.
Prior to Reid's statement, Republican Leader Mitch McConell said he was "confident" the House bill would pass when it reached the Senate.
Reid said he and Senate Democrats wanted a bill longer than two weeks, allowing more time to negotiate a long term spending bill. But Republicans rejected his proposals, Reid said.