Reid: Senate won't work past Sunday

“We will end business Sunday,” Reid said on the floor. “We’re not going to go into next week.”

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If Republicans don’t lift their filibuster on the sportsman package introduced by Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), there will be a vote at 1 a.m. Saturday on amendments to the spending resolution, H.J.Res. 117, and then a final vote of passage Sunday morning. Reid added that Sunday would also include a vote on a motion to end debate on the Sportsman Act, S. 3525, which would increase access to federal land for hunters and fishers while also supporting conservation measures.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Republicans were willing to pass the spending resolution in addition to three of Reid’s other goals: a containment measure on Iran, and confirming the appointments of the U.S. ambassadors to Iraq and Afghanistan. McConnell said instead, Reid is holding things up and forcing weekend votes for political reasons.

“All Republicans want to do is extend government funding for a few months, and the Majority Leader won’t even do that unless he can squeeze in yet another political vote,” McConnell said on the floor Friday. “The Democrats have treated the Senate floor like a campaign studio for two years. Now they’re holding the CR hostage for no other reason than to help one of their members on the campaign trail.”

Tester is facing a tough reelection race this November.