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Reid Sets Up a Dozen Votes on Spending Bill

Laying out a hefty work schedule for early next week, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Friday that the Senate will vote on four amendments to the omnibus spending bill Monday night, with eight more amendments teed up for Tuesday.

Reid, locked in a stalemate with Republicans over moving forward on the $410 billion fiscal 2009 omnibus package, also filed a procedural motion that could be voted on early next week to end debate on the bill.

“The Senate is the body that it is,— Reid lamented on the Senate floor. “It is sometimes difficult for even those of us who serve here to fully comprehend, but [we’ve] reached a point where we’re together, when adversaries work together.—

One vote shy of the 60 needed to break the Republican-led filibuster, Reid agreed to allow debate on 12 amendments. Critics of the package, which funds the government through the end of the fiscal year, have charged that it is too costly and sweetened with too many earmarks.

With a stop-gap measure that has funded the government set to expire at midnight Friday, the Senate will pass a continuing resolution later today after House action, which will continue the federal government’s funding stream through Wednesday.

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