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.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.