Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) warned Thursday that the chamber could vote Saturday on President Barack Obama's two-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts, but he said the schedule remains in flux.
Addressing his colleagues following a series of failed cloture votes, Reid said he would huddle with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other Members to discuss the schedule. He said Senators should assume he would file cloture on the tax cut package sometime on Thursday, which would set up a Saturday vote.
But with the defense authorization measure containing a "don't ask, don't tell" repeal still up in the air and the tax bill still facing Democratic resistance, Reid acknowledged "we're in a state of flux."
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.