WASHINGTON — The Senate is expected to pass two budget amendments Friday designed to break up the big banks and prohibit the use of certain fee hikes at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to reduce government spending.
The chamber is hosting what's known colloquially inside the Beltway as a "vote-a-rama" on Friday, allowing lawmakers to vote rapid-fire on attaching any number of amendments to its budget blueprint. None of the amendments, like the budget plan itself, will carry the force of law, but the process can serve as a test balloon for future legislation. There are currently hundreds of amendments to be considered, Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray, D-Wash., said Friday. This process could continue into Saturday.