The Senate voted 94-1 on Thursday to pass an interim spending measure articulating a pledge to provide troops with needed resources, but light on the specifics of what that means.
The passage of the measure paves the way for the House and the Senate to work out a compromise bill for the President's signature by Memorial Day.
White House chief of staff Josh Bolten met with Senate leaders Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Harry Reid (D-NV) after the vote Thursday to discuss the next step for the legislation.
Speaking to reporters at the White House Thursday, Bush said Bolten is his negotiator and that, "We fully understand the need to have benchmarks in a bill. I accept and respect the members' desire to have benchmarks -- after all, I'm the person who laid them out initially. We will work through something we can all live with, and enable us to get the job done."