Language blocking federal funds from Planned Parenthood and the new healthcare law had been included in the House GOP spending bill for 2011. In exchange for the Senate scheduling the two votes, the GOP dropped its demand to keep the language in the underlying bill.

Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseOvernight Regulation: Net neutrality supporters predict tough court battle | Watchdog to investigate EPA chief's meeting with industry group | Ex-Volkswagen exec gets 7 years for emissions cheating Overnight Energy: Watchdog probes Pruitt speech to mining group | EPA chief promises to let climate scientists present their work | Volkswagen manager gets 7 years for emissions cheating EPA head pledges to protect climate scientists MORE (D-R.I.) said leaders expect the votes to take place Thursday afternoon.

Votes will occur on those three resolutions in the following order:   

  • a resolution to prohibit federal funds for health care reform (H.Con.Res. 35)
  • a resolution to prohibit federal funds for Planned Parenthood (H.Con.Res. 36)
  • passage of the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (H.R. 1473)

The Senate adjourned at 6:43 p.m. on Thursday night.