Friday morning, the Senate will consider a final amendment from Sen. Ron WydenRon WydenThis Week in Cybersecurity: Dems press for information on Russian hacks Senate passes college anti-Semitism bill Overnight Finance: Trump takes victory lap at Carrier plant | House passes 'too big to fail' revamp | Trump econ team takes shape MORE (D-Ore.) that would require the government to estimate the extent to which U.S.-based communications are being intercepted by FISA activities related to the monitoring of overseas terrorist suspects. After that vote, the Senate will vote on final passage of the FISA bill.
Among the amendments to be considered are items that would cut millions from unrelated forest restoration programs, and one that would cut funding for fisheries outside areas affected by Sandy. Most of the amendments are being offered by Republicans.
Specifically, the Senate will take up five amendments from Sen. Tom CoburnTom CoburnWill Trump back women’s museum? Don't roll back ban on earmarks Ryan calls out GOP in anti-poverty fight MORE (R-Okla.), two from Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulGOP rep: Trump has 'extra-constitutional' view of presidency The ignored question: What does the future Republican Party look like? Rand Paul skeptical about Romney as secretary of State MORE (R-Ky.), one from Sen. John McCainJohn McCainFree speech is a right, not a political weapon The trouble with Rex Tillerson Senate: Act now to save Ukraine MORE (R-Ariz.) and one from Sen. Mike LeeMike LeeSenate GOP: National museum should include Clarence Thomas Senate GOP to Obama: Stop issuing new rules Will Trump back women’s museum? MORE (R-Utah). The Senate breaks for caucus lunches at 12:30 p.m., and will consider more amendments afterwards, followed by a vote on final passage.
The House is not in, but Friday afternoon, House and Senate leaders will meet with President Obama at the White House to discuss ways to avoid the "fiscal cliff" of looming tax hikes and automatic spending cuts.
Democrats blasted Republicans for holding a brief pro forma session on Thursday instead of working on the fiscal cliff. Whether in response to that criticism or because of a belief that a deal might be coming, House leaders said the House would reconvene Sunday at 6:30 p.m. for legislative work, and could remain in session through Jan. 2.