Washington (CNN) – Senate Democratic leaders are threatening to keep the Senate in session overnight Monday in an effort to both highlight Republican opposition to and speed passage of a $15 billion jobs bill, leadership aides from both parties said.
The all-night session might be needed because Republicans are denying a Democratic request to pass the bill immediately following an expected successful cloture vote Monday evening. If Republicans don't relent, Democrats say they may keep the Senate in session overnight to burn the 30 hours of post-cloture debate allowed by Senate rules.
The jobs measure, which includes tax breaks for businesses that hire unemployed workers, Build America Bonds, and other measures targeting job growth, has been passed back and forth between the House to the Senate in recent weeks. The Senate last approved it 70-28 at the end of February but when the House took it up again just over a week ago, it approved a minor change to the bill forcing today's action in the Senate.
Post-cloture debate time is often counted even if the Senate is not in session. But consent of all senators is required for that to happen.