Friday, December 13, 2013

Reid Ends Marathon Session, Announces Schedule for Budget, Defense Bills

Roll Call, December 13, 2013, 11:59 am

One all-nighter was not enough, but two will suffice.
The Senate’s leaders have reached an agreement that will bring to an end days of round-the-clock sessions following a series of noon votes.
“This schedule’s been extremely difficult for everyone,” Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said in announcing the deal, which essentially allows votes that would have taken place late Friday and Saturday to instead occur at the usual hour of 5:30 p.m. on Monday.
Reid said he spoke with his counterpart, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, to come up with the path forward.
“On Tuesday, we’ll begin consideration of the budget. On Wednesday, the defense bill. After that, we’ll address further nominations … the most important one is Janet Yellen to be on the Federal Reserve,” Reid said. “The others, I will work with Sen. McConnell. We’ll file on a number of them, see how many we can get done.”
The Senate’s next session will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, but it should be a sparsely attended because Reid has announced there will be no votes.

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