Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) “announced Tuesday evening that an agreement had been reached to hold a vote Wednesday afternoon on the House-passed continuing resolution to fund the government through Sept. 30,” Roll Call reports.
The agreement the Nevada Democrat reached with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) avoided a showdown vote at 1 a.m. Wednesday over competing spending plans.
Floor debate on the measure and a Democratic alternative will open around noon, with a vote on passage of the GOP spending bill at about 3 p.m., Reid said. If the bill is not passed, the chamber will then vote on the Democratic measure.
According to the agreement, 60 votes will be needed to pass either bill, but neither is expected to reach that threshold. The votes are no longer considered procedural votes that, if successful, would be followed by an up-or-down vote requiring only 51 votes for passage.