Reid: Dems could pull out of opioid bill
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Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidKavanaugh furor intensifies as calls for new testimony grow Dems can’t ‘Bork’ Kavanaugh, and have only themselves to blame Dem senator: Confidential documents would 'strongly bolster' argument against Kavanaugh's nomination MORE (D-Nev.) is warning that Democrats want more amendments to a bipartisan opioid bill or they may block it. 

"We should be able to offer amendments on this legislation. So I hope the Senate will be able to have a full and open amendment process," Reid said Thursday. "If not, we may not be able to proceed forward on this legislation. It would be too bad." 
 
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While Democrats helped the legislation easily overcome a procedural hurdle earlier this week, they could still block Republicans from getting the 60 votes needed to end debate. 
 
Reid suggested Dems have not been allowed to offer enough amendments, adding that the Senate hasn't had a "robust amendment process."
 
"We would accept a new definition of robust I guess, if we got to offer a few amendments," he added. "We're not going to pass it if we get jammed." 
 
While no additional vote has been scheduled on the bill, Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP, Kavanaugh accuser struggle to reach deal GOP making counteroffer to Kavanaugh accuser The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump questions Kavanaugh accuser's account | Accuser may testify Thursday | Midterm blame game begins MORE (R-Ky.) said Thursday that senators "have an opportunity to take another step forward" on the legislation. 
 
Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGrassley extends deadline for Kavanaugh accuser to decide on testifying Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Kavanaugh accuser seeks additional day to decide on testimony MORE (R-Iowa) added that he tried to schedule additional votes on the legislation but was blocked by Democrats, accusing them of setting up "additional roadblocks" and using "shenanigans" on the Senate floor. 
 
Reid's comments come after Republicans blocked a Democratic push to include $600 million in emergency funding in the legislation. Top Democrats, however, have suggested they will still support the opioid abuse bill without the extra money.  
 
The bill, from Sens. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanGraham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' Overnight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens Bipartisan group wants to lift Medicaid restriction on substance abuse treatment MORE (R-Ohio) and Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseDem vows to probe 'why the FBI stood down' on Kavanaugh Senate Democrats increase pressure for FBI investigation of Kavanaugh Senate Dems sue Archives to try to force release of Kavanaugh documents MORE (D-R.I.), authorizes but doesn't appropriate funding for programs to combat prescription drug and heroin abuse, in addition to increasing the availability of naloxone, a drug to treat overdose.