"It's unfortunate we are going to have to have a number votes on a number of amendments that have nothing to do with this legislation," Reid said. 

Among the dozens of amendments suggested by Republicans for the highway bill is one that would speed construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, another to allow drilling for oil in most domestic bodies of water and another that would repeal the Environmental Protection Agency’s boiler MAC rules. 

In his opening speech Wednesday, Reid also embraced Speaker of the House John BoehnerJohn BoehnerChaffetz calls for ,500 legislator housing stipend GOP super-PAC promises big spending in 2018 Ryan reminds lawmakers to be on time for votes MORE's (R-Ohio) suggestion that the House would take up the Senate-passed bill. 

“I was satisfied yesterday that the Speaker of the House … said he thought … the thing to do would be to take a Senate version of the bill if we can figure out how to pass one.”