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Packed Schedule To Test Bipartisanship

Alexander Bolton | The Hill

Dec 16, 2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) wants to pass the budget deal and the Defense authorization bill and confirm a new secretary of Homeland Security ... all by Friday.

A Senate Democratic leadership aide said last week that Reid also wants to move another batch of nominees, including Janet Yellen, who would become the first women to head the Federal Reserve.

Reidís ambitious schedule, however, could hit a wall if Republicans are still angry about his use of the so-called "nuclear option" last month. The controversial tactic stripped the GOP of power to filibuster executive and judicial branch nominees.

Republicans refused to yield back procedural time on a group of nominees Reid brought to the floor last week, forcing the Democratic leader to schedule two all-night sessions in a row to burn off the clock.

Simmering GOP resentment could threaten the budget agreement negotiated by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Paul Ryan (R-WI), which will come up for a vote today.

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