Reid: Finishing aviation bill still possible by Thursday

It is still possible for the Senate to complete the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funding bill by Thursday night if senators cooperate, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said on Wednesday night.

Reid’s remarks appeared to be targeted at Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) who indicated earlier in the afternoon that he would object to other senators’ amendments to protest Democrat’s objection to five of his own amendments.

Reid has scheduled a crucial test vote for Thursday morning. If that vote succeeds, the bill will enter the final phase before passage.

“We will see what happens after that,” said Reid.

Reid also offered a veiled threat, insisting he would hold the Senate open until it had finished its work on the reauthorization bill.

“I hope that we can work something out so we can finish tomorrow,” said Reid. “It would certainly be a doable thing.”

The floor has been dormant for most of the afternoon as members hash out agreements that will allow the bill to succeed in tomorrow’s vote.

There will be no more roll call votes on Wednesday. The Senate adjourned at 6:27 p.m. and will reconvene at 9:30 a.m on Thursday.  At 11 a.m. the Senate will vote on cloture on the FAA authorization bill and then proceed to votes on additional amendments.

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