A senior Senate Democratic aide said Democratic leadership would not delay tonight's vote because of the tight calendar and the need to clear the continuing resolution before heading for the exits.
The House is scheduled to consider the spending bill Thursday. The measure would keep the government operating for six months at funding levels provided for in last year's debt limit deal and must be signed into law by Sept. 30 to prevent the possibility of a partial government shutdown.
Reid has also said he wants to take up a bill to revive and extend a set of tax provisions before leaving, though the number of procedural motions that would be needed to work around Paul's objections could disrupt that plan.
James Jones, communications director for DC Vote, tapes a "DC Constituents Service Day" sign on the wall as he stands with other DC residents outside of Rep. Andy Harris's office on Capitol Hill to protest Harris' actions against D.C.'s marijuana laws on Thursday, July 24, 2014. DC Vote encouraged DC residents to bring their complaints about city services to the Maryland congressman.