A list of remaining amendments appears at the bottom of this story.
By 2:30 p.m., Reid said the Senate would start work on as many as 17 cloture votes on stalled judicial nominations. Republicans on Tuesday rejected Reid's strategy of calling for votes to end debate on these nominations, and said the plan appeared to be an attempt to make it look like Republicans were needlessly stalling these nominations.
Rep. Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderTrump's FDA nominee clears key Senate committee Groups warn of rural health 'crisis' under ObamaCare repeal Trump’s Army pick faces tough confirmation fight MORE (R-Tenn.) did acknowledge a delay, but said this was due to the Obama administration's decision to recess-appoint several people while the Senate was not in recess. Alexander said this controversial move made it much more difficult to approve a wave of non-controversial judges at the end of last year, as the Senate would normally do.
"We're working with various parties to see if we can work something out on those nominations," Reid said. "We hope we can. If not, we'll have those votes."
Earlier in the day, McConnell argued that Reid was setting up the votes to provoke a conflict where there was none, and suggested the Senate should move immediately to a House-passed bill removing capital formation obstacles to small companies.
The Senate adjourned immediately after Reid spoke, leaving the following amendments to the transportation bill for Wednesday:
• Sen. Bob CorkerBob CorkerState spokesman: Why nominate people for jobs that may be eliminated? The Hill's 12:30 Report Senate Foreign Relations chair: Erdogan referendum win 'not something to applaud' MORE's (R-Tenn.) amendment to ensure that the aggregate amount made available for transportation projects for a fiscal year does not exceed the estimated amount available for those projects in the Highway Trust Fund for the fiscal year (#1810).
• Sen. Tom CarperTom CarperDems probe claims of religious bias in DHS 'trusted traveler' program Senate Dems want Trump to release ethics waivers, visitor logs Medicare’s coverage decisions need more input from physicians MORE's (D-Del.) amendment to provide states with additional flexibility (#1670).
• Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's (R-Texas) amendment to prohibit the imposition of new tolls on the federal-aid system, and for other purposes (#1568).
• Sen. John McCainJohn McCainMeghan McCain: Obama 'a dirty capitalist like the rest of us' Top commander: Don't bet on China reining in North Korea Trudeau, Trump speak for second night about US-Canada trade MORE's (R-Ariz.) amendment to enhance the natural quiet and safety of airspace of Grand Canyon National Park and for other purposes (#1669, as modified).
• Se. Lamar Alexander's (R-Tenn.) amendment to make technical corrections to certain provisions relating to overflights of national parks (#1779).
• Se. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerAnother day, another dollar for retirement advice rip-offs Carly Fiorina 'certainly looking at' Virginia Senate run Top Obama adviser signs with Hollywood talent agency: report MORE's (D-Calif.) amendment to express the sense of the Senate that federal agencies should ensure that all applicable environmental reviews, approvals, licensing and permit requirements under federal law are completed on an expeditious basis after a disaster or emergency (#1816).
• Se. Rand PaulRand PaulDestructive 'fat cat' tax law a complete flop. It's time to repeal it. Trump must take action in Macedonia to fix damage done by Obama and Clinton We can put America first by preventing public health disasters MORE's (R-Ky.) amendment to permit emergency exemptions from compliance with certain laws for highway construction projects (#1556).