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Reid Looks to Avoid Weekend Votes

Hoping for a weekend off, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) sought consent from Republicans Thursday to consider an omnibus appropriations measure and avoid having to use procedural maneuvers that would push the process into a Saturday vote.“If cloture needs to be invoked, then the Senate will have to be in session this weekend for a Saturday vote and a Sunday vote in order to complete action,— Reid warned. “We hope we would get word from the Republicans today as to what they want to do.—But Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), pushing for votes on a series of GOP health care reform amendments, was not inclined to agree.“My Members understood that we would be here on the weekend. We don’t think there’s anything more important we can do,— McConnell said. “We’re going to be voting Saturday and Sunday.—The House is expected to send over the omnibus spending measure Thursday, which packages six appropriations bills. The Senate could turn from health care reform to the spending bill if an agreement is reached. Reid is hoping to wrap up Senate business before Christmas, a tall order given the disagreements over the health care package.

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