LIVE: Follow the budget debate on the Senate floor
PBS NewsHour’s Christina Bellantoni provides this helpful breakdown of what happens in the next 24 hours in the House and Senate:
The next big vote on the continuing resolution spending agreement is Friday morning instead of Thursday night. And that means Thursday will be a day of debate and no budget votes.
On Friday, they will need 60 votes to end debate on the bill. That’s the one that we expect a lot of Republicans will oppose in contrast to the unanimous vote tonight. But it seems like they have the votes, so that sets up a final passage on the spending bill (without cutting off health care funding) “no later than Saturday afternoon-ish” according to Senate Democratic majority leader Harry Reid’s office.
They only need 51 votes to pass the Democratic version of the spending bill and send it back to the House. We’re watching to see what House Republican majority leader John Boehner will do next and how he will schedule his chamber’s votes.