Although the SBA funding bill is non-controversial, senators from both parties have taken advantage of the open amendment process to file more than 125 amendments — of which only about 20 are germane.
The only way to avoid time-consuming votes and allow the bill to proceed is to convince senators to combine or drop their proposals.
The three amendments holding up the bill, according to Reid, are:
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s (R-Texas) proposal to delay the implementation of the healthcare reform law until a final resolution is reached in pending lawsuits;
Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSenators hope for deal soon on mental health bill GOP leader pushes for special counsel to investigate Clinton emails Senate panel delays email privacy vote amid concerns MORE’s (R-Texas) plan to form a bipartisan commission to improve oversight of government spending; and
Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersObama dodges on Clinton’s emails, paid speeches Trump: ‘I’d love to debate Bernie’ to raise M for charity Sanders aide: Easier for Dems to unify if Wasserman Schultz steps down MORE’s (I-Vt.) proposal to establish a point of order against any effort to reduce benefits paid to Social Security recipients, raise the retirement age or create private retirement accounts.
The underlying Small Business Reauthorization Act, or S. 493, would provide funding for the Small Business Innovation Research program and the Small Business Technology Transfer program, which Democrats say would create jobs.