Senate gets deal to speed up Puerto Rico bill
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The Senate is bumping up a final vote on a Puerto Rico debt relief bill as lawmakers prepare to leave town for the Fourth of July recess.  

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellWhite House staggers after tumultuous 48 hours The Memo: Trump's sea of troubles deepens McConnell: Trump's troop pull back in Syria a 'grave strategic mistake' MORE (R-Ky.) locked in a series of votes for Wednesday evening, including on final passage of the bill. If senators run out the clock, votes will start shortly after 7:30 p.m.


Under the deal, the House-passed legislation will still need to overcome two procedural hurdles before senators can take a final passage vote. 

Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidTrump thanks Reid for warning Democrats not to underestimate him Reid warns Democrats not to underestimate Trump Harry Reid predicts Trump, unlike Clinton, won't become more popular because of impeachment MORE (D-Nev.) urged his colleagues to yield back some debate time, which would allow senators to vote earlier in evening. 

"I would also say just because you have the time, you don't have to use it," he said from the Senate floor. "I would hope senators on both sides would understand that the sooner we get to the votes, the better off we will be." 

The Wednesday vote paves the way for senators to potentially leave Washington a day earlier than planned for the Fourth of July break. Without Wednesday’s deal, senators would have taken a final vote on the Puerto Rico legislation on Thursday. 

But opponents of the legislation aren't easing up. 

After McConnell announced the agreement, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOcasio-Cortez: Sanders' heart attack was a 'gut check' moment Ocasio-Cortez tweets endorsement of Sanders Ocasio-Cortez throws support to Sanders at Queens rally MORE (I-Vt.) lambasted the House bill.

"This is a terrible piece of legislation, setting horrific precedent and must not be passed," he said from the Senate floor. "The United States of America should not treat Puerto Rico like a colony."