By Vicki Needham - 07/28/10 11:15 PM EDT
Reid said Democrats agreed to consider three Republican amendments -- one by Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin HatchInternet companies dominate tech lobbying Senate panel approves pension rescue for coal miners Overnight Tech: GOP says internet fight isn't over | EU chief defends Apple tax ruling | Feds roll out self-driving car guidelines | Netflix's China worries MORE (Utah) one-year extension on research and development tax credits, a second by Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyThe Trail 2016: Fight night Clinton, Trump tied in Iowa, Grassley leads in Senate race Senate rivals gear up for debates 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 McConnellReid to GOP: Commit to Flint money Dems gain upper hand on budget Overnight Finance: Senate rejects funding bill as shutdown looms | Labor Dept. to probe Wells Fargo | Fed to ease stress test rules for small banks MORE (R-Ky.) also offered another amendment by Hatch to refer the bill to committee to prevent tax hikes, a Sen. Jeff SessionsJeff Sessions3 ways the next president can succeed on immigration reform Funding bill rejected as shutdown nears Trump, Clinton discuss counterterrorism with Egyptian president MORE (R-Ala.) on spending caps, a Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) on nuclear loan guarantees, a Sen. John McCainJohn McCainMedia must demand Clinton disavow Dean's cocaine comments EpiPen investigation shows need for greater pricing transparency, other reforms Green Beret awarded for heroism during 'pandemonium' of Boston bombing 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 LandrieuLouisiana needs Caroline Fayard as its new senator La. Senate contender books seven-figure ad buy Crowded field muddies polling in Louisiana Senate race 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.