The Senate just approved Majority Leader Harry Reid’s motion to recess until 12:01 am as part of a mad dash to pass a health care bill by Christmas Eve.
The chamber must pass the defense appropriations bill tomorrow, and Senate procedure holds that they would have to wait at least an hour after convening to hold the vote, meaning that the earliest they could vote on it would be 1 am.
The Hill has a good rundown of the timeline of all of the procedural steps over the next week that the Democrats would have to abide by to set up a 7 p.m. vote on Christmas Eve, assuming they can cobble together the needed 60 votes.
And just for kicks:
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