Lawmakers hit impasse on small business bill

Reid said Democrats agreed to consider three Republican amendments -- one by Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchRepublicans think Trump is losing trade war McConnell tells senators he might scrap August recess Longtime tax aide leaving Senate Finance Committee MORE (Utah) one-year extension on research and development tax credits, a second by Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — House passes 'right to try' drug bill | Trump moves to restrict abortion referrals House easily passes prison reform bill backed by Trump The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — How long can a Trump-DOJ accord survive? MORE (Iowa) on the biodiesel tax credit and a third by Sen. Mike JohannsMichael (Mike) Owen JohannsMeet the Democratic sleeper candidate gunning for Senate in Nebraska Farmers, tax incentives can ease the pain of a smaller farm bill Lobbying World MORE (Neb.) to nix a provision requiring any taxpayer with business income to issue 1099 forms to all vendors from whom they buy more than $600 of goods or services in any year.

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"Those amendments have nothing to do with the bill," Reid said. "Let's be serious, this is an effort to stall and not do this bill." 

Senate Republicans requested four GOP amendments and four Democratic side-by-side amendments but the request was denied, according to a senior Republican aide. 

Reid said Democrats were planning to offer amendments on Medicaid funding to states, paying for a $3.4 billion settlement in an Indian trust case that has been ongoing in a Washington court for more than 10 years, education funding for teachers, the larger tax extenders bill that hasn't been able to pass the Senate and a side-by-side to the Johanns amendment. 

"Both sides are piling on here," McConnell said. 

While the bill had broad bipartisan support it now has "substantial opposition" and "we have to figure out how to get the bill passed in a form agreeable to the Senate," McConnell said. 

Senate Small Business Chairman Mary LandrieuMary Loretta LandrieuLandrieu dynasty faces a pause in Louisiana Senate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Project Veritas at risk of losing fundraising license in New York, AG warns MORE (D-La.) said passage of an amendment to add a $30 lending fund to the bill showed there is enough support for the measure. 

"We got 60 votes so, like, we won," said. 

Both sides agreed to continue talks on the bill in an effort to reach an agreement before the Senate leaves at the end of next week for the August recess.