The Senate is hoping to finish its work on a bipartisan opioid bill next week.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellFive takeaways from Florida Senate debate Liberal groups call for delaying cures bill to next year Conservative groups urge against extending energy tax breaks 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 ReidCruz: Precedent exists for keeping Supreme Court short-staffed Warren’s power on the rise Republicans make M investment in Senate races 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 JohnsonGOP plan: Link Dems to an email scandal GOP senator: Dems making ‘concerted effort to produce fraudulent votes’ Club for Growth: Anti-Trump spending proved to be 'good call' MORE (R-Wis.) and Dick DurbinDick DurbinGreat Lakes senators seek boost for maritime system Wikileaks: Durbin pushed unknown Warren for Obama bank regulator The Hill's 12:30 Report 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 GrassleyCruz: Precedent exists for keeping Supreme Court short-staffed Sanders to Justice Department: Block AT&T purchase of Time Warner Freeing the False Claims Act 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.