Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed cloture on the Small Business Administration (SBA) funding bill Monday after he was unable to reach an agreement with Republicans.
Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) has held up the legislation by demanding a vote on an amendment that would change the way regulations affecting small businesses are issued.
By filing cloture, Reid will force a vote later this week that will determine whether the legislation will proceed for final passage.
“We have had this small-business bill on the floor for weeks,” Reid complained on the Senate floor Monday afternoon. “Each time we think we can see a way to close this, my friends on the other side of aisle come forward with other amendments making it impossible for us to move forward.”
In a deal earlier this year, Reid agreed to allow a more open amendment process on the Senate floor in exchange for a reduction in holds and filibusters from the GOP.