Both Chambers to Adjourn if CR Clears Wednesday Night

Posted September 29, 2010 at 5:43pm

The Senate is poised to adjourn for the midterm elections after passing a continuing resolution Wednesday night.

The resolution will fund the government through Dec. 3. The Senate is scheduled to hold three procedural votes on the measure at 7:40 p.m. If the Senate passes the CR as expected, the House is slated to vote on it Wednesday night, then adjourn. The House is expected to clear the bill.

It is likely that both chambers will return Nov. 15 for a lame-duck session.

Senate Democrats also hope to clear a handful of judicial and executive nominees before shutting down the chamber for the pre-election break.

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he may keep the Senate in pro forma session throughout October if he cannot reach an agreement with the minority to keep President Barack Obama’s nominations on the calendar and ready for possible action during the lame-duck session.

Reid had hoped to also clear a $2.6 billion settlement package for American Indians and black farmers Wednesday night, but Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) objected.