McConnell urged his side of the aisle to oppose Reid's motion even if they were in favor of renewing funding for the Ex-Im Bank.
"If I had my good friend, Harry ReidHarry ReidSanders and Schumer are right: Ellison for DNC chair The Hill's 12:30 Report Hopes rise for law to expand access to experimental drugs MORE's job and I were the majority leader, we'd be turning to the Ex-Im Bank next right after this…because the advantage to being the majority leader obviously is you have the ability to schedule," said McConnell.
Reid leveled a veiled threat at McConnell, suggesting that if the Republicans' killed the Ex-Im amendment several Democrats would turn on the underlying job's bill, casting its future into doubt.
"Go ahead, my friends," said Reid. "You picked a fight where there is not a necessary fight, but you may be surprised how this weighs up. I say no more... have at it. Vote 'no' on Ex-Im Bank."
Following the failed vote, Reid adjourned the Senate until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday and suggested he would work with Senate leaders to set further votes on the underlying JOBS Act.