A senior Senate Democratic aide told TPM that it is “highly unlikely” that the chamber will return earlier than 2 p.m. Monday, as originally planned, even as the House appears likely to pass a new government spending bill on Saturday.
“There is no change in plans on timing. We will wait and see, but it’s highly unlikely we return before Monday,” the aide said. “We are not playing games. House Republicans’ only way out is to pass the Senate’s clean CR or shut down the government.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) reiterated that the new House bill, which would delay Obamacare for a year and repeal its medical device tax, would not be passed by the Senate.