"It's not going to pass this house, the Senate," said Schumer. "It will be defeated here in the Senate."

Perhaps justifying Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDraft House bill ignites new Yucca Mountain fight Week ahead: House to revive Yucca Mountain fight Warren builds her brand with 2020 down the road MORE’s (D-Nev.) decision to expedite the bill’s defeat by moving to table it, Schumer said the Senate ought not to waste much time on the legislation.

"Let's not waste five, six, seven, eight more hours," said Schumer. "Let's start negotiating something that will save this country from potential financial catastrophe now."