Sen. David VitterDavid VitterMercury brings on former Sen. Vitter, two others Lobbying World Bottom Line MORE (R-La.) is blocking members from formally calling up amendments until he gets a vote on his amendment that would require some congressional and executive branch staff to enroll in the ObamaCare health exchange.

“Monday evening we’ll come in and try to move forward on the energy efficiency legislation,” Reid said before the Senate adjourned for the week. “I have suggested to my staff that they work with the Republican staff so we can move forward on this. ... I hope so, because it’s been a totally wasted week.”

Earlier this week, the Senate was expected to consider a resolution to authorize military force in Syria, but on Tuesday night President Obama asked lawmakers to wait so he could seek a negotiated solution that would force Syria to turn over all of its chemical weapons.

Congress has only until the end of the month to reach a deal to avert of government shutdown — the fiscal year ends on Oct. 1 but no spending bill to fund the government has passed.