Progress was initially arrested on the bill last week when a coalition of conservatives, lead by Sen. David VitterDavid VitterMercury brings on former Sen. Vitter, two others Lobbying World Bottom Line 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 ReidHopes rise for law to expand access to experimental drugs If Gorsuch pick leads to 'crisis,' Dems should look in mirror first Senate confirms Mulvaney to be Trump’s budget chief 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 McConnellRepublicans at risk in 2018 steering clear of town halls GOP rep on Trump: 'God has used imperfect people to do great things before' McConnell: 'Winners make policy, losers go home' 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 CornynAngst in GOP over Trump's trade agenda Republicans play clean up on Trump's foreign policy Comey meets Intel senators amid uproar over Trump-Russia ties MORE (R-Texas) amendment to form a bipartisan commission to improve oversight of government spending;
- an amendment offered by Sen. James InhofeJames InhofeGOP considers ways to ‘modernize’ endangered species law GOP bill would eliminate Consumer Financial Protection Bureau GOP senators to Trump: We support 'maintaining and expanding' Gitmo 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 PaulTrump’s feud with the press in the spotlight Rand Paul: We’re very lucky John McCain’s not in charge Rand Paul: John Bolton would be a 'bad choice' for national security adviser 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 SandersRep. John Lewis: Ellison is 'right person' to lead DNC DeVos should ‘persist’ despite liberal opposition Drug importation from other countries will save dollars and lives 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 CoburnCoburn: Trump's tweets aren't presidential The road ahead for America’s highways Rethinking taxation 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 LandrieuFive unanswered questions after Trump's upset victory Pavlich: O’Keefe a true journalist Trump’s implosion could cost GOP in Louisiana Senate race 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.