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.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.