By Vicki Needham - 07/28/10 11:15 PM EDT
Reid said Democrats agreed to consider three Republican amendments -- one by Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin HatchTen senators ask FCC to delay box plan An affordable housing solution both parties can get behind Puerto Rico debt relief faces serious challenges in Senate MORE (Utah) one-year extension on research and development tax credits, a second by Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyClinton email headache is about to get worse Ten senators ask FCC to delay box plan Overnight Cybersecurity: Guccifer plea deal raises questions in Clinton probe 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 McConnellIn House GOP, Ryan endorsement of Trump seen as inevitable McConnell: Trump White House will have ‘constraints’ Nearly 400 House bills stuck in Senate limbo MORE (R-Ky.) also offered another amendment by Hatch to refer the bill to committee to prevent tax hikes, a Sen. Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsGOP senator: 'I would consider’ being Trump’s VP Senate panel delays email privacy vote amid concerns Senate amendments could sink email privacy compromise MORE (R-Ala.) on spending caps, a Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) on nuclear loan guarantees, a Sen. John McCainJohn McCainTrump should apologize to heroic POWs McCain urges sports leagues to return 'paid patriotism' money Senators to Obama: Make 'timely' call on Afghan troops levels 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 Landrieu oil is changing the world and Washington Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Republican announces bid for Vitter’s seat 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.