Senate leaders could not agree Thursday on an amendment process to a “minibus” spending bill that aims to fund parts of the government after September.

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidTrump thanks Reid for warning Democrats not to underestimate him Reid warns Democrats not to underestimate Trump Harry Reid predicts Trump, unlike Clinton, won't become more popular because of impeachment MORE (D-Nev.) tried to get unanimous consent to hold votes on germane amendments to the three appropriations bills as long as passage was held to a 60-vote threshold. 

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“Senators on both sides have said they want to have amendments and we should have amendment votes,” Reid said. “We’re going to have the ability to offer germane amendments and we will follow the ‘McConnell rule’ and hold amendments to 60 votes.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe On The Money: Senate fails to override Trump veto over border emergency | Trump resort to host G-7 next year | Senators to push Turkey sanctions despite ceasefire | McConnell tees up funding votes McConnell tees up government funding votes amid stalemate MORE (R-Ky.) objected, saying only controversial amendments should be held to a 60-vote threshold.

“We’re being shut out of amendments,” McConnell said. “When will we start legislating again?”

The Senate is now officially considering H.R. 4660, a $120 billion “minibus” spending bill that funds the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Transportation and Housing and Urban Development. But it seems unlikely that progress will be made on the legislation until an amendment process agreement is reached. 

Earlier this week, the Senate voted 95-3 to end debate on the motion to proceed, but Republicans have complained that Reid has allowed only nine votes on Republican amendments since last July.

"I’ve never seen the majority stifling amendments like they are right now," Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchTrump holds more Medal of Freedom ceremonies than predecessors but awards fewer medals Trump to award Medal of Freedom to former Attorney General Edwin Meese Trump to award racing legend Roger Penske with Presidential Medal of Freedom MORE (R-Utah) said. "It’s pathetic and it’s got to change."

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara MikulskiBarbara Ann MikulskiLobbying World Only four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates Raskin embraces role as constitutional scholar MORE (D-Md.) and ranking member Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) will likely spend the weekend trying to figure out a way to proceed.