In bringing up the legislation, Reid is trying to focus on the Senate on jobs following a disappointing report from the Department of Labor on Friday that found the economy added only 54,000 jobs in May. Democrats argue increased funding for the EDA could boost hiring and the economy.

Under the bill, S. 782, funding for the EDA would jump to $500 million through 2015, compared to just under $300 million in FY 2011.

The Senate is scheduled to convene at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday and recess for caucus lunches at 12:30 p.m.