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Senate Will Wrap Up Thursday

The Senate is poised to wrap up the legislative week Thursday with two votes: on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor and on the House-backed “cash for clunkers” measure.

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) detailed the agenda in a floor speech Wednesday night, prompting sighs of relief among Members eager to return home for the August break.

“Sen. [Mitch] McConnell and I have had many meetings and many discussions,— Reid noted on the floor.

Both leaders have been locked in discussions to determine the procedure to bringing up the “cash for clunkers” measure, which would grant the program an additional $2 billion, after its first $1 billion was depleted in less than one week.

In the deal Reid announced on the floor, the chamber will consider seven amendments before voting on final passage.

Reid also announced the chamber will take up a travel promotions bill after the August break. That bill was originally defeated in June on a cloture motion.

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