1:17pm

Thu July 28, 2011
The Two-Way

Senate Will Take Up House Budget Bill Tonight, Says Reid

This evening is looking pretty dramatic for Congress. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), who has been working hard to shore up the 217 votes he needs to get his budget bill through the House, will bring the bill to the floor of the House for a vote.

And Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that if it passes, the Senate will take its own vote on the measure immediately after.

"As soon as the House completes its vote tonight, the Senate will move to take up that bill. It will be defeated," Reid said on the Senate floor.

The House vote is expected at around 6 p.m. ET. We'll cover that when it happens.

Frank James at It's All Politics has a post that counts votes in the House and if you want every detail, The Hill is keeping a running tally on where Republican House members stand on the Boehner bill. So far The Hill counts 21 Republicans with a "No" vote. If Boehner gets no Democratic votes, he can't afford to lose more than 23 in his party.

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