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 McConnellMnuchin says he learned of Pelosi's letter to him about stimulus talks 'in the press' On The Money: Trump makes a late pitch on the economy | US economy records record GDP gains after historic COVID-19 drop | Pelosi eyes big COVID-19 deal in lame duck Lawmakers say infrastructure efforts are falling victim to deepening partisan divide 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 ReidMcConnell and Schumer's relationship shredded after court brawl The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Justice Barrett joins court; one week until Election Day GOP Senate confirms Trump Supreme Court pick to succeed Ginsburg 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 SandersThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Election night could be a bit messy The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump, Biden blitz battleground states Oct. 29: Where Trump and Biden will be campaigning 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."