Washington (CNN) – A day after failing to get the 60 votes needed to end debate on a controversial financial regulations bill, Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois predicted Democrats would get enough votes to do so today when they vote again at 230pm Thursday afternoon.
"There were concerns members had that we were able to allay," Durbin said Thursday. He wouldn't specify which senators who voted against it Wednesday – including Democrats Maria Cantwell, WA, and Russ Feingold, WS, would vote for it today.
Meantime, Sen. Scott Brown, R-Massachusetts, issued a statement Thursday saying he has "received assurances" from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that "the issues related to Massachusetts in the financial reform bill will be fixed before it is signed into law."
The statement stopped short of saying Brown would vote for a cloture motion to end debate on the financial regulations bill and noted he is still working to ensure "these commitments are followed up on prior to today's vote."
The statement came hours after Brown met privately for 20 minutes with Reid in the Senate majority leader's Capitol office. On Wednesday, Reid publically and angrily accused Brown of breaking his word when Brown voted against ending debate on the bill.
After the meeting, Reid was asked if the two senators had resolved their dispute.
"You know he's new here and he's really trying hard and I'm sure it was a misunderstanding," Reid said.
Brown Wednesday blamed the miscommunication on Reid's leadership team and said they were "not conveying my thoughts" to Reid. An aide to Brown said the senator still believes that to be the case even after his meeting with Reid.