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:
- a controversial amendment offered by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellTrump hits Kaine on TPP: He supports a 'job killer' Clinton maps out first 100 days Why a bill about catfish will show whether Ryan's serious about regulatory reform MORE (R-Ky.) to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating the emission of greenhouse gasses;
- an amendment offered by Vitter ordering the federal government to sell off unused and underused property;
- a Sen. John CornynJohn CornynGOP senators to donors: Stick with us regardless of Trump Hopes dim for mental health deal Overnight Finance: Senate punts on Zika funding | House panel clears final spending bill | Biz groups press Treasury on tax rules | Obama trade rep confident Pacific deal passes this year MORE (R-Texas) amendment to form a bipartisan commission to improve oversight of government spending;
- an amendment offered by Sen. James InhofeJames InhofeFeds withdraw lesser prairie-chicken protections A GMO labeling law that doesn’t require English? No thanks! Majority of GOP senators to attend Trump convention MORE (R-Okla.) to repeal the expansion of tax reporting requirements on payments made to corporations for property and other gross proceeds;
- an amendment from Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulWhat to watch for on Day 2 at the GOP convention Cyber squatters sitting on valuable VP web addresses Majority of GOP senators to attend Trump convention MORE (R-Ky.) to slash $200 billion in spending for fiscal 2011;
- an amendment offered by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) to delay the implementation of the health reform law until a final resolution is reached in pending lawsuits;
- a Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats pledge floor fight in Philadelphia Trump hits Kaine on TPP: He supports a 'job killer' Bernie’s ‘revolution’ marches to Philly MORE (I-Vt.) amendment to establish a point of order against any efforts to reduce benefits paid to Social Security recipients, raise the retirement age, or create private retirement accounts;
- an amendment offered by Sen. Tom CoburnTom CoburnThe Trail 2016: Words matter Ex-Sen. Coburn: I won’t challenge Trump, I’ll vote for him Coburn: I haven't seen 'self-discipline' from Trump MORE (R-Okla.) to force federal agencies to compile comprehensive lists of all of their programs;
- a Sen. Mark PryorMark PryorCotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Top Democrats are no advocates for DC statehood MORE (D-Ark.) amendment to establish a program which would allow the SBA to make loans to members of the military wanting to start or expand a small business; and
- a manager's amendment offered by Sen. Mary LandrieuMary Landrieu oil is changing the world and Washington Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Republican announces bid for Vitter’s seat MORE (R-La.) to alter the enactment date of the underlying legislation.
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.