Reid files cloture on spending ‘minibus'

Among the amendments to see a vote is one regarding prescription drugs from Canada, another that would establish a National Criminal Justice Commission and yet another regarding iron production.

Those votes, which will begin at around 2 p.m. represent days of negotiations between Senate leaders who stepped gingerly through a minefield of dozens of proposed amendments in order to reach cloture.

In addition the Senate will hold a vote at around noon on the confirmation of controversial Obama nominee, Heather A. Higginbottomm to be the Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget. 

Reid warned senators should expect additional votes throughout the day.

"We are going to do our utmost to complete that bill tomorrow,” he said from the floor. 

Prior to adjournment Reid also laid the ground work for a vote on controversial Obama nominee to head the Commerce Department,  John Bryson. The agreement announced affords a block of four hours of debate and as such it is highly unlikely it will be touched until after the week-long autumn recess.

The Senate is set to convene at 10 a.m.

This article was updated on Thursday at 11.54 p.m.