Reid urges Senate to move swiftly on amendments


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"We're going to have up to 13 roll call votes tomorrow and under the order that's entered they start at 2 p.m. There's no reason we couldn't start these votes earlier," Reid said Wednesday.

Reid added that he hoped "everybody would try to move this up and try to get this done more quickly."

Earlier on Wednesday Reid unveiled a deal with Senate Republicans where the Senate will vote on 17 amendments to S. 3187, the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act. As part of the deal, after the Senate votes on the amendments and proceeds to a final vote it will then vote on a  Democratic and Republican version of a student loan interest rate extension act. Both versions differ on the funding method. The Republican plan pays for an extension of the current rate by taking money from a preventative fund in the Obama administration's healthcare reform law. The Democratic version pays for the extension by closing a tax loophole for shareholders of S-corporations.

The Senate agreed by unanimous consent to a number of amendments right before it adjourned. They are:

CARDIN #2125

CARDIN #2141

GRASSLEY #2121

GRASSLEY #2129

MANCHIN #2151, AS MODIFIED

REED #2126

The Senate reconvenes at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday.

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