Senate to pass border bill Thursday: spokesmen

A view of the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Nogales, Arizona is pictured in this photo taken April 28, 2010. REUTERS/John Russell

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The 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 law.

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 September 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