The Senate is expected to vote Tuesday on a measure to keep the federal government and some of its bond-related programs funded through March 4, by which time Republicans will control the House and wield considerable bargaining power in the Senate.

The current short-term extension of federal funding that Congress approved Friday is set to expire Tuesday. Senate Democrats had been pushing for an omnibus appropriations bill that would fund budgets for federal agencies and programs — and provide earmarks — instead of the continuing resolution's approach of generally extending fiscal 2010 funding levels.

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