Senate honors victims of 16th Street Baptist Church bombing

The bill, which now heads to President Obama’s desk for his signature, awards posthumously a congressional gold medal to Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley. More than 50 years ago, those four girls were killed in a church bombing, which helped launch the Civil Rights Movement.

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Before adjourning for the weekend, Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidShutdown risk grows over Flint Overnight Finance: Four days left to avert shutdown | Conservative group bucks spending bill | Lawmakers play catch-up on smartphone banking Reid blasts GOP senator over Flint 'hostage' comments MORE (D- Nev.) also filed a motion to end debate on the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which the Senate will continue to consider next week.

He said there would be no roll-call votes on Monday. The cloture vote would be at noon on Tuesday. 

Reid added that the cloture vote might not be necessary if an agreement is reached on an amendment from Sen. Mary LandrieuMary LandrieuLouisiana needs Caroline Fayard as its new senator La. Senate contender books seven-figure ad buy Crowded field muddies polling in Louisiana Senate race MORE (D-La.). Landrieu’s amendment would delay the increase in flood insurance rates. She said the expected increase would devastate homeowners who live along coasts across the country because federal flood insurance rates would be so high.

“I cannot let this WRDA bill go forward without at least raising a red flag on flood insurance,” Landrieu said earlier Thursday.

Reid said progress was being made to ensure Landrieu gets a vote or a compromise.

“[Landrieu] is concerned about flood insurance,” Reid said before filing the cloture motion. “I mean this as a compliment, she’s been like a bull dog on this issue. When she gets a hold of something it’s hard to loosen if from her jaw.”

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerThis week: Shutdown deadline looms over Congress Senators seek to boost women in international forces Overnight Energy: Senate approves Flint aid | Union chief backs Dakota pipeline MORE (D-Calif.) and ranking member David VitterDavid VitterGOP pressures Kerry on Russia's use of Iranian airbase Louisiana needs Caroline Fayard as its new senator Louisiana Republicans: This isn’t like Sandy MORE (R-La.) introduced the Water Resources Development Act. S. 601 would authorize projects related to flood and storm risk reduction, coast and inland navigation, and ecosystem restoration.