Budget poised to be debated tonight, passed in early morning

The budget bill made its appearance in the House chamber yesterday just before midnight and minutes after passing out of the Senate. The timing of its arrival allowed the House clerk to read it into the record for the first of three days that are required to pass a bill in the House of Representatives. It was read into the record for a second time today.

It is still uncertain if additional amendments will be considered; nonetheless, the stage is set for the budget’s final passage tomorrow in the wee hours of the morning. Republicans and most of the Democratic caucus have had little time to comb through the thousands of pages of the $50 billion budget before it will be called for a vote. 

We’ll keep you updated here on the budget’s progress throughout the evening.