Reid Says Senate Likely in Session Next Week

Posted September 26, 2008 at 9:58am

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Friday that the Senate probably will be in session next week as the chamber attempts to finish its business before leaving town.

“[W]e’re going to come in about 9:30 Saturday morning. We’re going to vote an hour of that on the [continuing resolution]. There are other things that perhaps we can do tomorrow. We’ll certainly try. It appears quite evident that we’ll be in next week,” Reid said.

He said he is trying to get an agreement with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on an economic stimulus package that would bring it straight to the floor on Friday.

If the two leaders are unable to get a deal on the stimulus package, Reid is likely to file cloture on the bill, forcing a weekend vote.

It is unclear if McConnell would agree to the stimulus package as many Republicans oppose it.

Lawmakers are still working on the administration’s bailout proposal to shore up confidence in the market. Staff is meeting soon to put many of the agreements into legislative language.

Reid said a deal on a framework could take shape this weekend. Aside from the CR on Saturday, Reid said the Senate also might vote on the stimulus or bailout.

The Senate schedule is uncertain, as Congress will not be in session Monday and Tuesday to observe Rosh Hashana.