Updated: 3:31 p.m.Senate Republicans have agreed to end their filibuster of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reids (D-Nev.) health care reform bill a few hours early, allowing for a vote at 8 a.m. on Christmas Eve.Under the agreement between Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), votes on final passage of the health care bill and a two-month extension to the debt limit sometime before early afternoon on Christmas Eve.Republicans also have secured the right to offer between two and four votes to the long-term debt limit extension, which is expected to come to the floor sometime in February.McConnell presented the deal to his Conference during the GOPs weekly luncheon Tuesday. Although many Members had hoped to force the chamber to remain in session until Thursday night, with an ice storm threatening to disrupt travel to the Midwest, Republicans ultimately agreed to end the debate earlier than planned.Reid and McConnell were expected to announce the exact timing of the Christmas Eve votes on the floor later in the day.
On January 3, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., raises her right hand as her son Henry messes up her hair while Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., delivers the ceremonial swearing-in in the Old Senate Chamber. Gillibrand's other son Theodore, lower right, looks on.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.