Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced the chamber would hold a test vote Monday on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Chairman Chris Dodds (D-Conn.) financial regulatory reform bill, threatening Republicans to vote against the sweeping measure that has picked up momentum in recent days.
This is very simple. If theyre ready to move to the bill, thats what were going to do, Reid told reporters Thursday. Otherwise, Reid said, the Senate would hold a Monday cloture vote to try to move to the measure.
Theres been plenty of time. We dont need three more months, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said, joining the chorus of Democratic leaders who vowed to press ahead with or without Republican support.
Reid will have to pick off at least one Republican to secure the 60 votes needed to move the bill forward, and it is not clear whether any GOP Member will break ranks to proceed.
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.