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Reid Sets Up Big Wednesday Vote On Financial Reform

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The majority leader -- fighting for his own reelection back home -- said the Senate has made the bill "tougher" in the last few weeks during the amendment process. Several more amendments will be considered this evening, though Sens. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and Arlen Specter (D-PA) are unlikely to be here for the vote while they are campaigning back home in advance of tomorrow's primary elections.

Reid said the Senate must "finish sooner, rather than later" because there is a lot left on the agenda -- including a new jobs bill and spending measures funding natural disasters and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He reminded colleagues that amendments can continue once the bill is finally on the floor.

Late Update: I asked Sen. Dick Durbin about the Dorgan threat during a briefing today. He said "You bet" the Democrats are worried about it. Read the piece here.

Additional reporting by Nick Broten