"I am at a loss of words on what the Republicans expect me to do," he said. "Stand around for another week and look at each other?"

Reid said that a long day's work of hard back-room negotiations had yielded little more that further obstacles for the bill which amounted to a "phantom filibuster." 

"We have tried all day to come to an agreement here and we have been unsuccessful," he said. "[I]n fact, its worse." 

Reid went on to argue that he had met GOP senators more than halfway even giving them votes on a number of amendments that are non-germane and controversial like the Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntElection security bill picks up new support in Senate Overnight Defense: Fallout from tense NATO summit | Senators push to block ZTE deal in defense bill | Blackwater founder makes new pitch for mercenaries to run Afghan war Hillicon Valley: DOJ appeals AT&T-Time Warner ruling | FBI agent testifies in heated hearing | Uproar after FCC changes rules on consumer complaints | Broadcom makes bid for another US company | Facebook under fire over conspiracy sites MORE (R-Mo.) amendment which would reverse the Obama's administration's controversial contraception ruling.  A vote is set for that amendment for 11 a.m. on Thursday. 

Before adjourning the Senate, Reid once again threatened to file cloture on the bill to shutdown debate if Republicans did not offer further cooperation.