The vote is now scheduled for 8 a.m. on Thursday morning (Christmas Eve Day), rather than after 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve as had been expected.
The two Senate leaders sent the announcement out with the following heading: "Whip Notice – the 'I'll be Home for Christmas' edition."
Since Reid secured the 60 votes needed to stop debate on the bill over the weekend, the Senate has been working through a series of procedural hurdles needed for passage.
Under the schedule announced today, the next and final cloture vote on the bill will happen at 2:15 p.m. tomorrow. Senators will then vote on the final bill at 8 a.m. the following day.
The senate will also vote on a 2-month extension of the debt limit on Thursday before adjourning for the remainder of 2009, Nolen reports.
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