Lawmakers from both parties seeking amendments
Senate was facing a Saturday deadline to approve the $1.1 trillion spending bill
5-day continuing resolution expected to keep government operating until bill is completed
After hours of debate on the massive government spending package, the Senate adjourned until Saturday, pushing a fight that dominated Congress for days into the weekend.
The Senate is expected to vote Monday on the $1.1 trillion package, which has already passed the House, Sens. Mitch McConnell and Barbara Mikulski said late Friday.
Members from both parties in the Senate are trying to make last-minute changes to the bill.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made a procedural move Friday that would set up a vote on final passage in the Senate no later than Monday.
In a surprise development, the Senate recessed until Saturday, when it is expected to approve a five-day continuing resolution to keep the government operating until the bill is completed.
Reid tried to get unanimous consent for an adjournment until Monday when there would be enough votes to end the filibuster, but Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, objected because Reid would not guarantee a vote on an amendment dealing with immigration funding.
Reid then announced to an almost empty chamber that the Senate will be in session beginning at noon Saturday.
It’s unclear whether both sides will speed things up enough Saturday for a vote on the spending package.
Two votes are expected Monday: a procedural vote to overcome the filibuster and end debate on the bill, and a second one on the final passage.
The Senate was facing a Saturday deadline to approve the spending bill and avert a government shutdown, but that was pushed back.
Earlier Friday, the House approved a five-day stopgap bill to make sure the government was continually funded.
The chamber has been sifting through many of the same arguments that tied up the House on Thursday, when disagreements over immigration and provisions related to Wall Street and campaign finance nearly derailed the bill. Senate lawmakers wanted votes on amendments that would address those issues.
’Using every tool available’
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, and Sen. David Vitter, R-Louisiana, filed an amendment that would strip a provision that softens financial regulations on banks from the spending bill.
“Congress should not put taxpayers on the hook for another bailout, and this giveaway that was drafted by Citigroup lobbyists has no place in a critical government funding bill,” Warren said.
Meanwhile, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a chief critic of President Barack Obama’s recent executive action on immigration, also said he wanted a vote to block those actions.
“I think it is critical that the Senate have the opportunity to have a clear up or down vote on funding President Obama’s illegal executive amnesty,” he told reporters. “I am using every tool available to help bring about that vote.”
But by making the procedural move, Reid prevented those amendments from being considered. Amendment votes could have been risky because if either measure passed, the spending bill would have to go back to the House to be voted on again. While the House is technically in session, most members have left Washington until the new Congress convenes in early January.
A day after his administration scrambled to save the bill after it appeared it might be defeated in the House, the President said he was pulling for it in the Senate.
“I’m glad it passed the House and am hopeful that it will pass the Senate,” he said.
CNN’s Ted Barrett reported from Washington, and Faith Karimi wrote from Atlanta. CNN’s Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.