A long-stalled small-business bill faltered Wednesday as Republicans voted to thwart the measure.
The effort to invoke cloture on a Small Business Administration (SBA) funding bill fell 8 votes short in a 52-44 roll call. Republicans balked at proceeding on the bill, claiming Democratic leaders blocked their amendments.
The legislation, which has been pending on the Senate floor for weeks, attracted 187 requests for amendments.
Republicans complained on the floor prior to the vote that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had not kept a promise made earlier in the year to allow an open amendment process on all legislation.