The Senate meets at 9:30 a.m. for speeches, and soon thereafter resumes work on S. 782, the Economic Development Revitalization Act of 2011. This bill would expand funding for the Public Works and Economic Development Administration (EDA).
On Wednesday, the Senate held its big vote on an amendment to delay limits on debit card fees, which failed in a 54-45 vote. Republicans have several other amendments to the bill, including one that would provide for a clean debt-ceiling increase, one that makes estate tax relief permanent, and even one that would completely defund the EDA.
The House will return briefly for a pro-forma session at 10:30 a.m., as it did Tuesday morning.