Reid: Expect to Vote Monday on Debt Deal

Posted August 1, 2011 at 10:05am

The Senate plans to vote Monday on a debt ceiling compromise, but the timing has yet to be worked out, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) confirmed in opening floor remarks.

The Senate “expects to vote hopefully during today’s session sometime,” Reid said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues the next few days on both sides of the aisle to pass this remarkable agreement, which will protect the long-term health of our economy.”

The Senate is set to recess between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to allow the Democratic and Republican conferences to meet privately to review the deal crafted Sunday by President Barack Obama and House and Senate leaders on both sides of the aisle. Vice President Joseph Biden is scheduled to be on Capitol Hill to join the meeting of Senate Democrats; he will meet with House Democrats at noon.

Opponents of the agreement are expected to attempt a filibuster, which would force a 60-vote threshold to clear the legislation. However, early indications are that they will not force the Senate clock to run a full 30 hours prior to a procedural cloture vote.