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 McConnellGOP senators divided over approach to election security Democrats seek to ban federal spending at Trump businesses Congress unlikely to reach deal on Trump border bill before break 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 ReidSenators briefed on US Navy's encounters with UFOs: report Key endorsements: A who's who in early states Trump weighs in on UFOs in Stephanopoulos interview 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 Sanders Hickenlooper, Bennet bring deep ties to 2020 debate stage Sanders: Trump taking credit for easing tensions he helped create 2020 Democrats vow to expand abortion access at Planned Parenthood event 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."