“That certainly is my expectation and my hope,” Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican, told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” on Sunday. “We’re going into the session today at 12 (noon), and I think we will be able to lay down the bill later today and begin perhaps consideration of some amendments. My hope is that we’ll finish the bill by the end of the week.”

Collins also said she believes the bill will have the crucial support of at least 10 Senate Republicans needed to pass.

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, was also optimistic in the bill’s timeline, telling Tapper in a separate interview: “I think you’ll see text today and by this evening. Hopefully we can start our amendment process tomorrow. Should finish up Thursday.”

The Senate is racing to pass the bipartisan deal before leaving for the fast-approaching August recess, which is scheduled to start at the end of the week though leaders in the chamber could…

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