From NBC's Ken Strickland
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he "hopes" to take up the financial regulation reform bill next week, but it's looking more like LATE next week before there's any real action.
In the first part of the week, Reid will try to break filibusters on five presidential nominees. Those votes could carry into Wednesday. The nominees are:
-- Lael Brainard to be Under Secretary, Department of the Treasury
-- Marisa J. Demeo to be an Associate Judge of the D.C. Superior Court
-- Christopher H. Schroeder to be Assistant Attorney General
-- Thomas I. Vanaskie to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit
-- Denny Chin to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit
Once Reid has disposed of these nominations, he'll try to bring the regulation reform bill to the floor. Since Republicans have signaled they'll try to block the bill from coming to the floor, a vote to end the filibuster wouldn't occur until Friday -- or that next Monday, April 26.
If this scenario plays out -- and it could slip by a day -- Democrats will need 60 votes just to start debate on the bill. Again, that vote would happen late next week at the earliest.