Progress was initially arrested on the bill last week when a coalition of conservatives, lead by Sen. David VitterDavid VitterOvernight Energy: Trump set to propose sharp cuts to EPA, energy spending Former La. official tapped as lead offshore drilling regulator Former senator who crafted chemicals law to lobby for chemicals industry 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 ReidDems face identity crisis Heller under siege, even before healthcare Charles Koch thanks Harry Reid for helping his book sales 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.