By Vicki Needham - 07/28/10 11:15 PM EDT
Reid said Democrats agreed to consider three Republican amendments -- one by Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin HatchGOP lawmakers call for overhaul of proposed corporate tax rules DEA decision against reclassifying marijuana ignores public opinion Trump op-ed counters Clinton’s pitch to Utah voters MORE (Utah) one-year extension on research and development tax credits, a second by Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyGrassley: Mylan not going far enough with EpiPen discounts Five things to know about the Clinton Foundation and its donors Clinton calls for EpiPen maker to lower price MORE (Iowa) on the biodiesel tax credit and a third by Sen. Mike JohannsMike JohannsTo buy a Swiss company, ChemChina must pass through Washington Republican senator vows to block nominees over ObamaCare co-ops Revisiting insurance regulatory reform in a post-crisis 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.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellJohn McCain: No longer a profile in courage McConnell: Senate won't take up TPP this year Barack Obama is the founder of Donald Trump MORE (R-Ky.) also offered another amendment by Hatch to refer the bill to committee to prevent tax hikes, a Sen. Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsSessions: 'I can be supportive' of Trump's immigration plans Hard-liners shrug off Trump’s softer tone on immigration Trump vows to protect jobs, wages for Hispanic voters MORE (R-Ala.) on spending caps, a Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) on nuclear loan guarantees, a Sen. John McCainJohn McCainJohn McCain: No longer a profile in courage Senate Dems' campaign arm knocks GOP for Trump support New study. Space, security, and Congress MORE (R-Ariz.) on border security and a Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz) amendment on the estate tax.
"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 LandrieuFive reasons the Trump campaign is in deep trouble Louisiana gov: Trump helped 'shine a spotlight' on flood recovery Giuliani: Trump 'more presidential' than Obama in Louisiana visit 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.