That move likely seemed hostile to some Republicans who intended to alter the legislation. Sen. Mike EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziGOP is addressing tax cuts and a pension bill that could help coal miners Overnight Finance: Congress sends Trump funding bill to avert shutdown | WH sees 'tentative' deal on defense spending | GOP discovers corporate tax snag | Consumer bureau fight heats up | Apple could see B windfall from tax bill Overnight Finance: Congress sends Trump bill to avert shutdown | GOP discovers corporate tax snag | CFPB leadership battle rages MORE (R-Wyo.), who voted against the measure, had suggested earlier in the day that he was looking forward to taking advantage off the amendment process.  

"When it passes tonight we will have permission to add amendments to the sense of the Senate resolution, maybe,” he said.  “In other words we can amend the opinion of the Senate that cannot be law. How long will we amend and debate an opinion?”

Reid commented, however, that he would be willing to work with his Republican counterpart, Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Overnight Finance: Lawmakers see shutdown odds rising | Trump calls for looser rules for bank loans | Consumer bureau moves to revise payday lending rule | Trump warns China on trade deficit MORE (R-Ky.), to ensure that Republicans could file relevant amendments if they had them. 

Eighteen Republicans voted for the bill, while 26 voted against it. Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) was the only Democrat to vote no.

Reid originally put forward the proposal on Tuesday of last week as a way to meet Republican demands to begin considering bills related to the debt ceiling and budget deficit.

Since Reid offered the resolution it has become a favorite punching bag for Republicans who have derided it as a waste of the Senate's time.

Enzi, for example, also attacked the underlying resolution calling it a "sham" and publicity piece.

"At this juncture more than ever we don't need publicity pieces," said Enzi from the Senate floor. "Even if it passed it would not have the force of law." 

The legislation will face another 60-vote hurdle later this week before it can see an up or down vote.