The bill will likely pass with significant support, since most Republicans support the change in status for Russia, which allows the U.S. to benefit from Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization. But many Democrats are expected to support it as well, since it includes language allowing for sanctions against Russian officials involved in human-rights violations.
The Senate is out Friday, having adjourned Thursday after making some progress on a bill aimed at increasing access to federal land by hunters and fishermen (the Senate voted to end debate on the bill). Senate Democrats had also hoped to start work on the National Defense Authorization Act this week, but that bill is being delayed by a fight over amendments.
Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulHow low is the bar for presidential candidates, anyway? Lawmaker seeks to investigate Obama's foreign tax compliance law Funding bill rejected as shutdown nears MORE (R-Ky.) is pushing for a vote on an amendment reaffirming opposition to the indefinite detention of American citizens, but other senators had not agreed to take up that amendment.