Small business bill appears stalled until next week

Reid said Democrats would offer alternative amendments to those offered by the GOP and would agree to remove agricultural disaster aid and several other provisions from the bill that Republicans oppose. 

Landrieu along with Republican Sen. George LeMieux (Fla.), who joined Democrats a week ago to push through a $30 billion lending fund to help community banks can lend to small businesses, had urged leaders to reach an agreement today. 

"If they can't work it out, shame on us when there's bipartisan support for this bill," LeMieux said earlier today. 

Business organizations have argued that the $30 billion fund could spur $300 billion in lending.