Reid has been demanding a vote on that legislation since minutes after it passed the House on Tuesday night claiming that it was  "dead on arrival" in the upper chamber. His Republican counterpart, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPolitical figures pay tribute to Charles Krauthammer Charles Krauthammer dies at the age of 68 Overnight Energy: EPA declines to write new rule for toxic spills | Senate blocks move to stop Obama water rule | EPA bought 'tactical' pants and polos MORE (Ky.), however, has resisted so far insisting that the Senate first take up the spending omnibus bill for fiscal year 2012.

Reid opposes the payrolll tax cut bill because along with extending President Obama's signature tax cut, it would order the administration the allow for the immediate construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and diminish unemployment benefits for some Americans.

The Senate will reconvene at 10 a.m for a rare Friday session in hopes of averting a government shutdown which would occur at midnight if a new spending measure is not passed.