The Senate is set to vote on floor plans in 2017 that could lead to some of the most significant changes to the Senate floor since the first floor plan was approved in 2003.
The Senate voted on the first-ever floor plan in 2003, which included a new concourse.
It would be the first time since then that the chamber’s chamber has not been in the same place for at least a year.
But lawmakers have been grappling with the potential of the first year-round floor plan, which would take into account the new floor and a “rescued” part of the Capitol that could be used for meetings and other events.
The House, which is currently in session, will begin its first year in January, with the House Rules Committee meeting on the plan this week.
The floor plans will also include a floor-level, two-tiered gallery, which could give senators more room to work on matters, and allow for a full day of meetings.
The new floor plan would have no floor, just a space for a closed gallery and two chairs to accommodate the number of people who could attend a vote.
It also would be designed to help lawmakers avoid getting stuck in meetings that can take several hours, the report said.
“I think the first and most important step is that it allows us to continue to work, to have more flexibility,” said Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin, who chairs the Rules Committee.
It’s a big deal, said Senator Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington state who voted in favor of the floor plan.
“We’re at the beginning of the new year, and there’s a lot of work to do, but I think the idea that we can do it in 2017 is going to be a very good thing,” Murray said.
A Senate committee will hold a hearing on the floor plans on Thursday.
They will be sent to the House floor for a vote in February, when they are sent back to the chamber.
Senate Democrats say they plan to pass the floor changes in the next few weeks, with Democrats saying they expect to pass a floor plan and have it ready by the end of January.