Hatch: No deal yet on trade amendments
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Senators are still struggling to reach an agreement to allow for more amendments to fast-track trade legislation, Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchOvernight Cybersecurity: House Intel votes to release Russia report | House lawmakers demand Zuckerberg testify | Senators unveil updated election cyber bill Omnibus includes search-and-seize provision New kid on the tech block MORE (R-Utah) said Friday morning during comments on the floor.
"So far, no deal has been reached," the Utah Republican said.
Hatch and Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenOvernight Finance: Stocks bleed as Trump seeks new tariffs on China | House passes .3T omnibus | Senate delay could risk shutdown | All eyes on Rand Paul | Omnibus winners and losers Trump will delay steel tariffs for EU, others Overnight Cybersecurity: Zuckerberg breaks silence on Cambridge Analytica | Senators grill DHS chief on election security | Omnibus to include election cyber funds | Bill would create 'bug bounty' for State MORE (D-Ore.) have been in talks this week to try to get a unanimous consent deal that would allow for votes on roughly a dozen amendments. They've made two offers so far on the Senate floor for an amendment deal but have been blocked by Democrats. 
Wyden said he is "optimistic" they will be able to reach an agreement.
The Senate is quickly approaching a weeklong Memorial Day recess, but they still need to wrap up work on trade promotion authority (TPA, or fast-track; expiring provisions of the Patriot Act; and legislation funding the Highway Trust Fund. 
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate approves .3 trillion spending bill, sending to Trump GOP senator threatened to hold up bill over provision to honor late political rival: report Paul: Shutting down government not my goal MORE (R-Ky.) tried to sway senators Friday morning saying that, "with bipartisan cooperation, we can get it done as soon as this afternoon." 
But with a deal yet to be reached, the Kentucky Republican warned that senators will stay in session to finish work on the three bills "however long it takes." 
Unless a deal is reached, the Senate is expected to take votes Friday on a handful of pending amendments, including a controversial currency manipulation provision.
Liberal Democrats, who are opposed to TPA, have pledged to drag out the trade fight. 
"Sadly, there were some who just did not want to cooperate," Hatch said, referring to the slow process on the trade legislation, adding, "I'm not going to point fingers."