The Senate will move a bit faster than expected on the fiscal 2014 budget bill.
Lawmakers agreed late Wednesday not to use all the debate time allotted on the motion to formally proceed to the bill. As a result, the Senate agreed by voice vote to consider the measure.
That could mean another long debate. But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada quickly moved to cut off a talkathon. A vote on that cutoff, or cloture, is likely Friday. If it gets 60 votes, there could be 30 more hours of debate.
That would set up final vote late Saturday. The bill currently defunds Obamacare, but Democrats are expected to restore the money.