The rumors that we've been hearing since yesterday is that there's not much of an appetite in the Senate to drag this vote-a-rama out all night, as is typical with a budget.
We're also hearing that in addition to Democrats, who are exasperated with this process, that some in the GOP caucus are also very annoyed by this. We heard back during opening statements from Corker, but there's a lot of annoyance coming from folks like Tillis, Sasse, Flake, and others. Senator Purdue even, major conservative from Georgia, submitted an amendment creating "a deficit-neutral reserve fund to eliminate deficit-neutral reserve funds". When asked about it by a wonky budget reporter, he just responded that he thinks the process is a "sham".
This doesn't mean that these folks will vote against this resolution - they won't.
It'll be interesting to see what will happen once this bill makes it past the Senate. Here are the steps it will need to take:
1. Instructions will go to the Senate Finance Committee to create the actual tax reform legislation.
2. Instructions will go to the Environment and Public Works committee for them to craft legislation to allow Arctic drilling. There is an amendment being voted on today to eliminate those instructions, but it's not likely to pass.
3. The House passed a budget resolution before they went on recess, but it (unsurprisingly) looks very different than what we expect the final version of the Senate's bill to look like. The two chambers will have to conference to make sure their bills look exactly alike before sending a final version to the White House. This is the stage in the legislative process where bills, especially budgets, often die.
We'll see what happens here, but don't expect the fireworks we saw in July surrounding the healthcare budget. Unless something crazy happens like Thad Cochran dies - which I am NOT hoping for - but that could definitely turn the tide today.
Murray and Alexander are officially going to drop their bill today. I heard on the radio today that they have 10 Democrat and 10 GOP sponsors, which in my mind is a moderate amount of support for a bill that shouldn't have ever had to happen.
Still really uncertain as to what will happen here. Best case scenario, it gets tacked onto a larger funding package at the end of the year. The likelihood of a government shutdown is high this year though, so it's not to be without drama.
In other news, a federal judge in California is expected to announce a ruling on the 19-state lawsuit filed against the Trump administration on its decision to cut CRS funding. Definitely waiting eagerly to see what will happen. The ruling will come in the form of a restraining order, reversing the president's decision.
The DOJ has appealed the judge's decision to allow the 17-year-old undocumented girl to get an abortion. It seems now that the government is simply trying to delay the judge's motion from going into effect until the girl is beyond the 20-week stage of her pregnancy, which in Texas make an abortion illegal. She is now 15 weeks. The government is essentially trying to hold this poor girl hostage.
Senate just went into session, which means I have to hop to my amendment tracking (current count: 283). Happy Thursday and stay tuned!