- Associated Press - Friday, December 17, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Democratic leader says lawmakers could complete a crowded agenda of a nuclear arms treaty, a spending bill and a repeal of the ban on gays in the military by Saturday.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said Friday on the Senate floor that the path is clear to finishing the lame-duck session. Mr. Reid still needs Republicans to sign on to wrapping up the various pieces of legislation.

Mr. Reid scuttled a $1.3 trillion catchall spending bill Thursday night in favor of a smaller measure to keep the government running into early next year. He set votes for Saturday morning on the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays and an immigration measure.

He vowed to finish a new arms control treaty with Russia. He also says the Senate needs to deal with a bill to aid people who got sick after exposure to dust from the World Trade Center’s collapse in the Sept. 11 attack.