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Senate Will Vote on Ending Debate on War Supplemental

Updated: May 26, 10:01 p.m.

The Senate is scheduled to vote Thursday morning on ending debate on the $60 billion war spending supplemental, after Democrats failed to reach an agreement with Republicans to make changes to the measure, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday.

Democratic and Republican leaders were unable to agree Wednesday on a package of amendments to consider before moving to the procedural vote. Democrats are scrambling to clear the supplemental, as well as a measure to extend tax breaks, before adjourning for the weeklong Memorial Day recess — a goal that appears increasingly endangered.

“It’s never easy,” Reid said.

House Democrats continued squabbling over the extenders package Wednesday night, with the Rules Committee planning to meet in the evening to set the rules for debate for Thursday. Reid has repeatedly said the Senate will not act on the bill, which also includes funding for unemployment benefits, until the House passes it.

The Senate will consider a handful of amendments to the war supplemental, including a proposal from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) that would send an additional $2 billion to Arizona for border security and another from Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) that would require a plan for withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The amendments will be held to a 60-vote threshold.

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