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The Senate is hoping to finish its work on a bipartisan opioid bill next week.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellThe Memo: Winners and losers from the battle over health care GOP senators pitch alternatives after House pulls ObamaCare repeal bill Under pressure, Dems hold back Gorsuch support MORE (R-Ky.) moved to end debate on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and a key substitute amendment on Thursday evening.
Senators will take a first procedural vote Monday at 5:30 p.m., with 60 votes needed to overcome the hurdle.
Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidThis obscure Senate rule could let VP Mike Pence fully repeal ObamaCare once and for all Sharron Angle to challenge GOP rep in Nevada Fox's Watters asks Trump whom he would fire: Baldwin, Schumer or Zucker MORE (D-Nev.) suggested earlier that Democrats could block the legislation over an amendment fight, but walked that back on Thursday evening.
"We're not holding up this bill," he said. "We're not going to oppose cloture."
The move comes after a brief back-and-forth between McConnell and Reid, with both senators wanting to set up additional amendment votes.
McConnell tried to schedule a vote on amendments from Sens. Ron JohnsonRon JohnsonLawmakers share photos of their dogs in honor of National Puppy Day GOP targets Baldwin over Wisconsin VA scandal The Hill's Whip List: 36 GOP no votes on ObamaCare repeal plan MORE (R-Wis.) and Dick DurbinDick DurbinThe Hill’s Whip List: Where Dems stand on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch rewrites playbook for confirmation hearings Gorsuch: I'm 'sorry' for ruling against autistic student MORE (D-Ill.). Reid, however wanted the Republican leader to agree to allow for votes on 10 Democratic amendments.
The Nevada Democrat has been pushing for a "robust amendment process." He said it wasn't "appropriate" that one of the amendments the Kentucky Republican was trying to schedule for a vote was from a senator facing a tough reelection bid.
McConnell objected and instead tried to bring up 10 amendments, including four from Democrats.
Reid, however, blocked his request, saying, "It's not right to have the majority pick the votes of the minority."
The amendment scuffle comes after Republicans suggested that Democrats were slow walking the opioid bill because of a separate fight over the Supreme Court.
Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyGOP senators pitch alternatives after House pulls ObamaCare repeal bill Friends, foes spar in fight on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Live coverage: Day three of Supreme Court nominee hearing MORE (R-Iowa) said he tried to set up votes for Thursday morning, but was blocked by Democrats.
Despite the floor battles the legislation — from Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) — has bipartisan support. It authorizes funding for programs to combat prescription drug and heroin abuse, in addition to increasing the availability of naloxone, a drug to treat overdose.