The endgame is finally in sight for the House of Representatives.
House leaders concocted a unanimous consent agreement late Thursday night, which, according to senior House sources, should only burn an a maximum of an additional 26 hours on the spending bill.
Which means the House could finish the bill either VERY late Friday night/early Saturday morning or perhaps just plain on Saturday.
The House has 129 amendments to still grapple with. Eight of those will get lengthy chunks of time for debate. One of those amendments is an effort by Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT) to defund the new health care law for the current fiscal year.
Without question, the Rehberg plan is the most hotly-contested amendment still awaiting action.
The House will dedicate an entire hour to that amendment, the most time allotted to any measure.
Senior House sources tell Fox they expect lawmakers to debate that amendment Friday morning.
No votes are expected in the House until late morning.
There are still a number of high-profile amendments awaiting votes. One amendment would yank all federal dollars for Planned Parenthood. Even though the Hyde Amendment bans the use of taxpayer money for abortions, the debate on the Planned Parenthood amendment devolved into a testy, at times emotional exchange about abortion Thursday night, chewing up nearly three hours on the House floor.
Other amendments in the till are a proposal to restore all funding to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The base bill strikes the $460 million designated for public broadcasters. Also in the offing is a vote on a plan by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) to eliminate funding for a Pentagon sponsorship of a NASCAR racing team. In the past, the Army has sponsored a car with NASCAR as an effort to recruit soldiers.