One week into debate, small-business bill remains bogged down in amendments

Progress was initially arrested on the bill last week when a coalition of conservatives, lead by Sen. David VitterDavid VitterDavid Duke will bank on racial tensions in Louisiana Senate bid Former KKK leader David Duke running for Senate Six senators call on housing regulator to let Congress finish housing finance reform MORE (R-La.) pledged to block debate on any legislation that did not deal directly with the budget in a “significant” way.

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidSuper-PAC targets Portman on trade Dem leader urges compromise on FCC set-top box plan Senate Dems introduce Iran sanctions extension MORE (D-Nev.) was forced to use a time-consuming cloture vote to bring the bill to the floor for debate. Prior to that vote, several Republican senators indicated in floor speeches they would vote to bring it to the floor for the expressed purpose of adding amendments that did not pertain to its underlying language. There are currently 10 amendments pending on the legislation, but senators say they hope to add dozens more before Reid shuts off debate. 

The bill was further delayed as the Senate took up a resolution from the House, on Tuesday, to avoid a government shutdown and fund the government for an additional three weeks.

The amendments currently pending on the bill are as follows:

The Senate is scheduled to reconvene at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 28, and continue consideration of the small-business bill and its amendments.

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