Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidWeek ahead: House to revive Yucca Mountain fight Warren builds her brand with 2020 down the road 'Tuesday Group' turncoats must use recess to regroup on ObamaCare MORE (D-Nev.) on Tuesday filed a motion to end debate and proceed to the cybersecurity bill.
The move sets up a key vote Thursday, but it looks like Reid won't have the 60 votes necessary to move forward because of a fight with Republicans over amendments to the bill.
“To say I’m disappointed is a tremendous understatement,” Reid said Tuesday night. “I thought we’d all put national security above partisan politics.”
Reid put blame on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
“I’m terribly disappointed with the Chamber of Commerce,” Reid said. “The Chamber of Commerce has sucked in most Republicans on this bill.”
The Chamber objected to some of the security requirements for businesses, despite the fact that the bill's key backers, Sens. Joseph Liberman (I-Conn.) and Susan CollinsSusan CollinsCollins: I'm not working with Freedom Caucus chairman on healthcare Mexico: Recent deportations 'a violation' of US immigration rules White House denies misleading public in aircraft carrier mix-up MORE (R-Maine) offered to make them voluntary.
Reid filled the tree with an amendment from Sen. Al FrankenAl FrankenTwitter jumps on news of O'Reilly's ouster Senate Dems seek review of products linked to tax refunds House Democrat introduces bill to amend presidential removal procedures MORE (D-Minn.) that would remove language in the bill that gives Internet service providers and other private companies a broad, new authority to monitor communications flowing through their information systems for cyber threats and use certain countermeasures to combat them.
Reid also included another amendment by Lieberman that would remove language from the bill that allows federal regulators to make voluntary cybersecurity standards for critical infrastructure operators mandatory.
“Inflexible positions are being taken,” Lieberman said as things began to look grim for his bill. “People are not wiling to come across political divides to address this problem.”
The Cybersecurity Act would increase cyber protections for the nation's electrical grid, financial networks, transportation system and other critical infrastructure.
Reid also criticized Republicans for offering non-germane amendments to the bill.
Earlier Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellMcConnell: No deal yet on government funding Trump team to meet with congressional leaders on tax reform Compromise is the key to moving forward after Trump's first 100 days MORE (R-Ky.) asked for a vote on an amendment to repeal the healthcare law. Reid refused, saying it was unrelated to the cyber bill. Another GOP amendment was offered by Sen. Mike LeeMike LeeTrump should work with Congress to block regulations on prepaid cards Sweeping change at DOJ under Sessions Executive orders alone can't create sustainable deregulatory change MORE (R-Utah) to restrict abortions in the District of Columbia.
“I was surprised to hear Sen. McConnell wanted a vote on repealing ObamaCare on this bill and that’s really inappropriate,” Reid said.
Collins said that enough time had already been spent on the bill.
“The Senate has had 25 hearings, how many more hearings, briefings and reports do we need,” Collins said. “I am amazed that we are letting the clock tick down when we know that it’s not a matter of if there is a cyber attack on this country it is a matter of when.”
Updated at 9:01 p.m.