Senate Mulling CR Through November

Posted September 17, 2008 at 9:48am

Democratic sources said Wednesday the Senate is leaning toward a clean continuing resolution to fund the government through November, meaning that Members would have to come back for a lame-duck session.

As that decision was being made, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) mapped out the Senate schedule for the this week and next, and he even suggested there might be a long weekend ahead.

Reid said that once the Senate completes work on the Defense authorization bill today, he will try to move toward a package of bills being blocked by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.). Coburn has held up the package, dubbed the “Tomnibus,” for what he calls excessive spending or government redundancy.

Reid had initially said he would move to the tax-extenders bill once the Defense bill was passed. He changed his mind to make a final push for the package before the Senate breaks. Also, final differences in the tax extenders are being worked out before the bill comes to the floor.

Congress is expected to leave on Friday, Sept. 26, but Reid said the Senate could be in session until Sunday, Sept. 28, if the CR is not passed. Several Republicans have hinted that they might block passage of it if Reid tries to maintain the Congressional ban on offshore drilling.

The Senate also plans to take up an energy bill.