OTTAWA - Time is finally ticking down on the drawn-out debate over expelling three wayward senators without pay.
Senators voted 51-34, with 12 abstentions, to cap debate on a watered down motion that would strip Pamela Wallin, Mike Duffy and Patrick Brazeau of their pay, but allow them to keep health and life insurance benefits.
Deciding votes on the suspensions will take place Tuesday afternoon. Senators may also be allowed to vote separately in each case on the sanctions.
The three are facing disciplinary measures over spending violations.