Budget Deal in Works

Posted May 21, 2008 at 9:23am

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are negotiating a deal that would allow the budget to come before the chamber by Thursday. Lawmakers would have to bypass a rule requiring that there be 48 hours before the Senate would be able to take up the budget resolution. Under current rules, the Senate would not be able to move toward the budget until Thursday afternoon. Wednesday morning, McConnell said that he would work with the Majority Leader to act on the budget resolution, possibly bringing it up as soon as Wednesday; however, he noted that such an action would complicate floor action on the war supplemental bill. If the Senate were to pass the budget, it would be the first time that lawmakers have done so in an election year, since the Clinton administration in 2000.