Senate Republicans plan Monday 1 a.m. vote to end government shutdown

 

The Senate is on track to vote on a measure to end the government shutdown early on Monday unless Democrats agree to hold the vote sooner.

On Saturday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urged Democrats to lift their filibuster and allow a vote to reopen the government forthwith. The minority party objected and Democrats say they have the votes to block the bill on Monday.

“If they continue to object, we cannot proceed to a cloture vote until 1 a.m. on Monday,” McConnell explained from the floor of the Senate. “But I assure you, we will have a vote at 1 a.m. on Monday, unless there is a desire to have it sooner.”

As a result of the Democratic filibuster on Friday night, which led to the government shutdown, the latest time a vote can take place is Monday at 1 a.m. EST.

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