“This is something we have to do now because it changes policy for our fighting men and women around the world,” Reid said Wednesday night after the Senate failed to advance the Cybersecurity Act. “We’re going to move to the bill.”

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The Defense Authorization Act funds U.S. military operations. Reid said he’d allow an open amendment process on the bill because Sens. Carl LevinCarl Levin'Nuclear option' for Supreme Court nominees will damage Senate McCain's Supreme Court strategy leads to nuclear Senate The Fed and a return to banking simplicity MORE (D-Mich.) and John McCainJohn McCainPentagon should have a civilian chief to give peace a chance McCain to support waiver for Mattis, Trump team says Senators crafting bill to limit deportations under Trump MORE (R-Ariz.) agreed to wade through and table all the non-germane amendments offered.

“If we move to the bill we’ll have an open amendment process on this bill,” Reid said. “We would start legislating on this bill the day we get back after the Thanksgiving break.”

Republicans have criticized Reid for filling the amendment tree and not having an open amendment process on all votes.