Reid Tees Up Wednesday Morning Jobs Vote

Posted February 23, 2010 at 6:43pm

Updated: 8:10 p.m.

The Senate is poised to vote Wednesday morning on final passage of a $15 billion jobs package, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday evening.

The vote on final passage comes weeks after Reid hoped to clear the measure. But lengthy bipartisan talks on the bill and unprecedented snowstorms earlier this month halted any action on Capitol Hill and kept Reid from steering the measure to final passage before the Presidents Day recess that ended last week.

The chamber has two votes scheduled for Wednesday morning, one on a point of order and another on final passage of the jobs bill. Following that, Reid is expected to push a package of short-term extensions on expiring tax provisions, flood insurance, unemployment insurance and the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, before filing a procedural motion on a travel promotion bill. Reid is expected to file that motion Wednesday.

Democrats hope to wrap up both those bills before the end of the week, but leaders are working under an even stricter timeline since some Members are scheduled to join President Barack Obama at the White House on Thursday for a health care summit.