The Senate has passed a bipartisan deal to provide $2.4 billion in transportation funding for the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30, 2018, a move that would avert a potential showdown between the president and Senate Democrats.

    “This bipartisan deal is a good first step toward ensuring the future of the nation’s transportation system and that we can get it done,” Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said in a statement.

    Sen. Jeff Merkley, a Michigan Democrat, added: “This is a big step forward for American families who are looking forward to getting home to their families, to spending money on things that are important to them.”

    The bill passed by the Senate Tuesday was approved by the House on Wednesday.

    In addition to the transportation funding, the House also passed a $1.9 trillion package of farm bill measures, the first major piece of legislation to pass in the 113th Congress since Trump took office.

    The House approved the Farm Bill in the last Congress, and the Senate approved a separate bill that would have provided $2 billion in farm assistance.

    The package of bills passed in the House and Senate would also extend the federal unemployment insurance benefits for six months.

    Democrats are trying to prevent the government from shutting down, and they’ve proposed several measures that would cut off funding to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Environmental Restoration Fund, two programs that would allow the U.S. to make its way out of an economic crisis.

    Republicans are opposed to the bills, and have threatened to block the appropriations bills unless Democrats agree to their demands.

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