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 ReidThe Hill's 12:30 Report Emanuel flips the bird when asked about 2020 Feinstein after dinner with Clinton: She has 'accepted' her loss 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 VitterWATCH LIVE: Trump speaks at GOP rally in La. Poll: Republican holds 14-point lead in Louisiana Senate runoff Louisiana dishes last serving of political gumbo MORE (R-La.) ordering the federal government to sell off unused and underused property.
• An amendment from Sen. John CornynJohn CornynDems call off presser, raising questions about deal Tax reform: Starting place for jobs, growth Senate Democrats dig in as shutdown approaches MORE (R-Texas) to form a bipartisan commission to improve oversight of government spending.
• Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders on Trump pick: This is how a rigged economy works Trump picks Goldman Sachs chief for top economic adviser: report Sanders congratulates Carrier union leader after Trump attack 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 PaulReports: Giuliani no longer being considered for secretary of State Will justice in America be Trumped? Brexit leader Farage pushing US-UK trade deal to Trump 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 PryorCotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Top Democrats are no advocates for DC statehood 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 CardinDems fear Trump undermining US stature Aide: Trump invited Philippine leader to WH Dem senator: Hold hearing on Russian interference in election 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.