By Jeffrey Young - 12/04/09 08:07 PM EST
The Senate will hold votes on amendments to its healthcare reform bill
on Saturday and Sunday, Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidThe missed opportunity of JASTA States urged to bolster election security How the White House got rolled on the Saudi-9/11 bill MORE (D-Nev.) said Friday.
In addition to debating several amendments over the unusual full-weekend session, Reid indicated that Senate Democrats may convene for a caucus meeting to discuss the healthcare bill Sunday.
This plan is tentative, however. Though Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnell9/11 bill is a global blunder that will weaken US efforts abroad States urged to bolster election security How the White House got rolled on the Saudi-9/11 bill MORE (R-Ky.) did not object to Reid's proposal, Republicans retain the right to delay the votes.
Two major issues, how to prevent federal money from being spent on abortion services and whether to create a government-run public option health insurance program, continue to divide the Democratic caucus. Democrats continued throughout Friday to work on compromises to both issues but neither will likely be debated on the Senate floor over the weekend.