Sept. 21, 2012 – The Senate is eyeing a weekend voting session on a continuing resolution to keep the government funded at current levels through March 27, NAFCU lobbyists said.
The Senate was widely expected to pass this stopgap bill, which was approved by the House last week, on Thursday. But those plans changed when Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., filed a filibuster to delay the vote. Paul wants the Senate to vote on a bill to end all foreign aid to Pakistan, Libya and Egypt before it tackles the CR.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced from the Senate floor Thursday afternoon that there would be no more votes for the day, setting the stage for a weekend voting session.
The delay means that senators will have to wait a little longer to return to their home districts to continue campaigning before the Nov. 6 elections. It also adds delay to lawmakers’ efforts to ensure continued government operations past Sept. 30, the end of this fiscal year.