Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Thursday that the full Senate will take up the first of 12 annual appropriations bills for 2014 starting next week.
The bill funding the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) departments will be first up, and Reid suggested the Commerce, Justice bill and Labor, Health bill could come next before August recess.
The THUD bill received six Republican votes in committee, so there is a strong possibility that the bill would split the party and gain the 60 votes needed in the Senate to pass. Democrats control 54 seats, including the two independents who caucus with the majority.
Reid said the bill would come as part of an "unrelenting" new focus on the effects of deep discretionary budget cuts that went into effect March 1 in the absence of a grand bargain on taxes and entitlement spending.