WASHINGTON Aug 11 The U.S. Senate will hold a
short special session on Thursday to pass a border security
bill, breaking off its summer recess to finish the legislation
so it can be sent to President Barack Obama for signing into
The $600 million measure funding new agents for the U.S.
border with Mexico is expected to pass the Senate on a voice
vote, spokesmen for both the Democratic and Republican leaders
of the chamber said. The House of Representatives agreed to the
bill on Tuesday.
Only a few senators are likely to turn up for the Thursday
session, and when it is finished, they will adjourn until Sept.
13 as originally planned, the spokesmen said.
Before leaving, the senators are also expected to pass a
resolution honoring former Senator Ted Stevens, who died in a
plane crash in Alaska this week.
(Reporting by Susan Cornwell, Editing by Sandra Maler)