Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) started to file a cloture petition on the confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan Tuesday evening, but withdrew the petition after Republicans pledged not to delay the vote.

Reid came to the floor at 6 p.m. to tell Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, that he was filing a cloture petition to ensure that the Senate could vote on Kagan's nomination by the end of the day on Thursday — allowing for the necessary time to expire beforehand — before the August recess.

After Sessions protested, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) came to the floor to express surprise. In a brief exchange, Reid and McConnell appeared to agree that Reid would withdraw the petition after McConnell said Republicans were expecting to vote on Kagan on Thursday, instead of Friday or the weekend.