Republicans on Monday night introduced several amendments that would trim agriculture spending even further. The underlying bill would cut $2.7 billion in discretionary spending, although it also provides for $116.9 billion in mandatory funding.
The Senate meets at 10 a.m. and will vote on two district court judge nominations at noon: Claire Cecchi and Esther Salas, both of New Jersey.
The Senate then moves to S. 782, the Economic Development Revitalization Act. At 2:15 p.m., senators will hold a cloture vote on an amendment from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) to end the ethanol tax credit.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will deliver his maiden address to the Senate after the Coburn vote. Then the Senate will resume S. 782, where several amendments are still pending, including one from Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) that would repeal the Dodd-Frank reform law and one from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) that would increase the debt ceiling by $2.4 trillion.
— This story was updated at 9:15 a.m.