The Senate returns on Monday and will begin debate on the fiscal year 2011 defense authorization bill. A cloture vote on the motion to proceed to the bill is scheduled for mid-afternoon on Tuesday.
Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) indicated that three amendments to the defense authorization bill will be debated: the text of the DREAM Act, a bill that would provide undocumented students the opportunity to become legal U.S. residents if they go to college or serve in the military; a bill to overhaul the Senate’s use of secret holds on legislation and nominees; and language modifying the bill’s repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell."
Senate Republicans are expected to vote against the cloture vote on the motion to proceed unless a deal is reached between Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on other amendments to be debated. If the cloture vote is successful, Reid has indicated that votes on amendments will proceed. But due to the short amount of floor time remaining in this work period complete consideration of the defense authorization bill will have to wait until after the midterm elections.
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