Senate Looks to Recess Until Midnight

Posted December 17, 2009 at 3:56pm

The Senate is expected to vote at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and recess until midnight to allow the chamber to hold a scheduled 1 a.m. cloture vote to end debate on the Defense spending bill.Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed cloture on the Defense bill Wednesday. Under the rules, one full legislative day, plus one hour, must pass before the Senate can vote on cloture. As a result, the chamber will need to recess for some period of time in order for a “new— legislative day to begin.Because the motion to recess requires a simple majority vote, it is expected to prevail.