Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the Senate will hold its first vote Wednesday on a measure to fund the Pentagon and other federal agencies through mid-December. (Drew Angerer / Getty Images)
Showdown Over a Shutdown
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WASHINGTON — The Senate will hold its first vote Wednesday on a measure to fund the Pentagon and other federal agencies through mid-December, according to Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid.
The Nevada Democrat opened the chamber’s Tuesday session by declaring on the floor that the Senate will vote around noon Wednesday to end debate on stripping from a House-passed temporary continuing resolution language that would defund the president’ health care law.
That will happen “regardless of what anyone says or does today,” Reid said.
The majority leader was referring to what is expected to happen later Tuesday on the Senate floor. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is reportedly slated to be recognized for floor remarks.
It’s unclear whether Cruz will attempt to prevent Reid from holding the cloture vote on the measure to strip out the Obamacare-killing provisions.
“I want to disabuse everyone,” Reid said, “there will be no filibuster today.”
A Cruz spokeswoman had yet to respond to a reporter’s request for comment about Reid’s statement and the senator’s floor plans.
For the Pentagon and US defense sector, a shutdown would mean the Defense Department and other security agencies could not award new contracts. Private-sector employees who work on DoD weapon programs at government facilities across the country would be unable to access their offices.
Industry analysts warn productivity at facilities doing work on Pentagon weapon programs would drop, and program costs could rise.