By Ramsey Cox
Earlier Wednesday, senators voted 100 to 0 to end debate on a motion to proceed.
“I’m hoping we can speed things up a little more than what the rules require,” Reid said. “I’d like to move this quickly."
The government will shut down Oct. 1 if Congress doesn't approve some form of government funding measure.
Reid also filled the amendment tree, something Republicans have criticized him for doing. One of his amendment would strip the House language to defund ObamaCare.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) spent more than 21 hours on the Senate floor speaking out in opposition to this move. Cruz asked his colleagues not to vote to invoke cloture on Friday.
Before adjourning the Senate for the evening, Reid also passed S. 793, which reforms the Organization of American States.
S. 252, the PREEMIE Act was also passed by voice-vote. That bill encourages research on prematurity and preterm births.