Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidFive takeaways from New Hampshire Senate debate Democrats pounce on Cruz's Supreme Court comments Senate Democratic super PAC sets fundraising record MORE (D-Nev.) is warning that Democrats want more amendments to a bipartisan opioid bill or they may block it.
Reid: Dems could pull out of opioid bill
"We should be able to offer amendments on this legislation. So I hope the Senate will be able to have a full and open amendment process," Reid said Thursday. "If not, we may not be able to proceed forward on this legislation. It would be too bad."
While Democrats helped the legislation easily overcome a procedural hurdle earlier this week, they could still block Republicans from getting the 60 votes needed to end debate.
Reid suggested Dems have not been allowed to offer enough amendments, adding that the Senate hasn't had a "robust amendment process."
"We would accept a new definition of robust I guess, if we got to offer a few amendments," he added. "We're not going to pass it if we get jammed."
While no additional vote has been scheduled on the bill, Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellCures bill in jeopardy amid drug pricing push Senate Democratic super PAC sets fundraising record Five takeaways from Florida Senate debate MORE (R-Ky.) said Thursday that senators "have an opportunity to take another step forward" on the legislation.
Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyDemocrats pounce on Cruz's Supreme Court comments Cruz: Precedent exists for keeping Supreme Court short-staffed Sanders to Justice Department: Block AT&T purchase of Time Warner MORE (R-Iowa) added that he tried to schedule additional votes on the legislation but was blocked by Democrats, accusing them of setting up "additional roadblocks" and using "shenanigans" on the Senate floor.
Reid's comments come after Republicans blocked a Democratic push to include $600 million in emergency funding in the legislation. Top Democrats, however, have suggested they will still support the opioid abuse bill without the extra money.
The bill, from Sens. Rob PortmanRob PortmanDemocrats pounce on Cruz's Supreme Court comments Five takeaways from Florida Senate debate Endangered GOP senator: I don't know for whom I'll vote MORE (R-Ohio) and Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseMoney for nothing: Rethinking CO2 Dem takes Exxon fight to GOP chairman's backyard Anti-trade senators say chamber would be crazy to pass TPP MORE (D-R.I.), authorizes but doesn't appropriate funding for programs to combat prescription drug and heroin abuse, in addition to increasing the availability of naloxone, a drug to treat overdose.