Senate to slog through 125 amendments on small-business bill

Lawmakers are trying to combine and eliminate many of the amendments considered to be non-controversial, sources with the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship said on Monday. This could help speed up the process.

The legislation itself is relatively non-controversial, but senators from both parties have taken advantage of an agreement struck by Senate leaders in January that allows unlimited amendments to most bills that come to the floor.

One major hurdle to the SBA funding bill was cleared last week when Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidHispanic Caucus PAC looks to flex its muscles in 2016 Say NO to PROMESA, say NO to Washington overreach Overnight Finance: Wall Street awaits Brexit result | Clinton touts biz support | New threat to Puerto Rico bill? | Dodd, Frank hit back MORE (D-Nev.) allowed a series of votes on controversial amendments that would have stripped the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of much of its power to regulate greenhouse gasses. All of the amendments failed.

The following amendments are currently pending on the bill:

• An amendment offered by Sen. David VitterDavid VitterFed chairwoman blasts Trump on debt Senate campaign posts private conversation on Facebook Rand Paul endorses in La. Senate race MORE (R-La.) ordering the federal government to sell off unused and underused property.

• An amendment from Sen. John CornynJohn CornynGun-control supporters plan next steps versus NRA Senate to vote on two gun bills Senate Dems rip GOP on immigration ruling MORE (R-Texas) to form a bipartisan commission to improve oversight of government spending.

• Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders points to disconnect between 'mainstream media' and public Sanders not ready to endorse Clinton: 'Stand up, be bolder' Sanders: 'We lost some very important fights' in Democratic platform MORE (I-Vt.) has an 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 from Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulRepublicans question Trump's trip to Scotland Hate TV customer service? So does your senator Overnight Cybersecurity: Senate narrowly rejects expanding FBI surveillance powers MORE (R-Ky.) to slash $200 billion in spending for fiscal year 2011.

• An amendment offered by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) to delay the implementation of the healthcare reform law until a final resolution is reached in pending lawsuits.

• Sen. Mark PryorMark PryorEx-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Top Democrats are no advocates for DC statehood Ex-Sen. Landrieu joins law and lobby firm MORE’s (D-Ark.) amendment to establish a program that would allow the SBA to make loans to members of the military wanting to start or expand a small business. 

• Sen. Ben CardinBen CardinGOP senators: Brexit vote a wake-up call Dems take over floor to protest Senate inaction on gun control Voinovich led charge against anti-Semitism MORE’s (D-Md.) amendment to reinstate the increase in the surety bond guarantee limits for the SBA.

• Sen. Olympia Snowe’s (R-Maine) amendment to prevent fraud in small-business contracting.

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