Senate Speeds Up Bill To Avert Government Shutdown


Senators unanimously agreed Wednesday evening to speed up consideration of the continuing resolution to keep the federal government open, likely moving everything up by about one day, said leadership aides.

In short, this means the remainder of the initial block of debate will no longer be necessary. The next test vote to move forward will happen by Friday morning. Then the chamber will proceed to up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate and votes on amendments, before moving toward final passage, probably on Saturday.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) filed amendments to keep Obamacare funded, remove a debt limit provision in the House GOP bill and move the cutoff government funding date from Dec. 15 to Nov. 15.

The timing is all tentative — it could change again with unanimous consent.