Earlier on Thursday the Senate failed to pass the 60-vote threshold to end debate and on the Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act (S. 2237), legislation that would offer a tax credit for small businesses as well as tax deductions for companies that make major equipment purchases. The Senate just barely missed the minimum to end debate, voting 53 to 44. Sixty votes were needed to advance the bill.
Reid blamed Republican obstruction for the small business bill's failure.
"Unfortunately, Republicans played their usual games of obstruction and opposition," Reid said in a statement after the vote. "There was simply no reason to oppose this bill on the merits, so Republicans manufactured reasons to kill it out of thin air. Republicans claimed they wanted amendment votes, but refused to take ‘yes’ for an answer when I offered them votes on those very amendments."
The Senate gavels in at 2 p.m. on Monday.