Reid Eyes Movement on Jobless Benefits, Wall Street Reform

Posted July 14, 2010 at 12:16pm

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday that he should be able to get two major agenda items off his plate by Tuesday.

Reid told reporters that he plans to hold a vote on extending jobless benefits on Tuesday, after receiving assurances from West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) that a replacement for the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D) would be named before then. Manchin is expected to name a new Senator on Friday.

Meanwhile, Reid said he is on track to finalize a Wall Street reform bill on Thursday, even though he has not yet gotten agreement from Republicans to expedite a vote on final passage. A procedural vote intended to beat back a GOP-led filibuster is scheduled for Thursday, and Reid is hoping Republicans will not insist on using all the time available to them once the filibuster is broken, as is expected. If no agreement is reached, a vote on the conference report would likely occur on Saturday, Reid has said.

Reid also indicated that he is gearing up for a potentially contentious debate on the supplemental war spending bill as early as next week. Reid indicated he will likely have to allow amendments to the measure, of which different versions have passed both chambers, and that the measure is expected to encounter stiff resistance from Republicans. Given those dynamics, Reid said he may have to file a motion to limit debate, or invoke cloture, sometime late next week.

On Tuesday, Reid indicated that the week of July 26 would likely feature an energy and climate change debate.