In addition, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) appeared this morning on The Early Show, and predicted passage.
"We've been working very hard for many months and over the last several weeks on really addressing some of the concerns that my Republican colleagues had about the bill," said. "That's why we changed how we are paying for the bill. We've also changed the total amount of the bill to reflect the fact that we've just had a settlement and some more funds are getting to these first responders. I believe we have the package we need to really have a Christmas miracle, what we're aiming for."