The senate is convening a rare Saturday session post some progress towards passing the $1.1 Trillion bill to fund the government Friday night. In spite of some success, lawmakers have been unable to thrash a deal and two Republican senators have asked for the cutting of money which was intended to implement President Obama’s latest immigration policy.
Meanwhile Senate GOP leaders are readying to challenge Obama’s immigration plan next year when control of the upper chamber returns to them. Still current leaders from both the parties say that the bill remains on track for a Monday Vote.
The House also passed a temporary measure on Friday afternoon giving the Senate some breathing space to confer and vote on the $1.1 trillion government wide spending bill. It will provide succor and make it certain that the government does not run out of funding authority.
It is unclear if the House measure which was passed by a voice vote when the chamber was almost empty will be required. Senate leaders are putting on a brave face and said that they hope to accomplish the task by Friday night but also say that the goal looks less achievable.
The legislative process is in a state of dynamic flux since the Senate was to reconvene to hold 40 procedural votes on nominations. Both the parties could not reach a consensus on a better streamlined process.
The motion against the bill is led by senators who agree on nothing- Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Elizabeth Warren. The disputes of the two senators has made the path for passing the funding measure bumpy and it is required to prevent a government shutdown next week. The Senate is likely to vote on the funding measure on December 15. A vote is set for 1 a.m. tomorrow to clear the way for final action.