"It's really disappointing we don't already have something, but hope is still here, and I hope we can get that done," he added. "A few senators are holding this up, and that's too bad."


The Senate could vote on a few amendments Thursday while senators continue to negotiate — two Republican amendments that might get a vote are expected to be rejected by the Democratic Senate.

Reid also said the Senate must at some point get to S. 1940, a bill reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program, before the NFIP expires at the end of July. Congress in May extended the NFIP for two months, giving the Senate more time to work on a bill.

The House-passed bill would reform the NFIP to allow it to charge higher insurance premiums, to help reduce the nearly $18 billion in debt the program has racked up. The Senate bill, from Sen. Tim JohnsonTimothy (Tim) Peter JohnsonSeveral hurt when truck runs into minimum wage protesters in Michigan Senate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Court ruling could be game changer for Dems in Nevada MORE (D-S.D.), would also allow higher premiums.

"We have to get to that," Reid said of the flood bill.