The Senate will take up a Small Business Administration (SBA) bill Monday afternoon when it returns from its recess, resuming its march through a number of amendments that have little to do with the underlying bill and bogged down the legislation earlier in the month.
The Small Business Reauthorization Act, titled S. 493, would provide funding for the Small Business Innovation Research program (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer program (STTR), which Democrats say are critical to sustain job creation.
Progress was initially arrested on the bill more than two weeks ago when a coalition of conservatives, led by Sen. David VitterDavid VitterGOP pressures Kerry on Russia's use of Iranian airbase Louisiana needs Caroline Fayard as its new senator Louisiana Republicans: This isn’t like Sandy MORE (R-La.), pledged to block debate on any legislation that did not deal directly with the budget in a “significant” way.
But in an 84-12 vote, the Senate decided to bring the bill to the floor after several senators voted to allow debate in order to use it as a vehicle for amendments on other pressing matters.
The bill was further delayed as the Senate took up a resolution from the House that week to avoid a government shutdown and fund the government for an additional three weeks. That funding measure will expire April 8.
The amendments currently pending on the bill are:
- an amendment offered by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellTrump slams Obama for ‘shameful’ 9/11 bill veto GOP chairman lobbies against overriding Obama on 9/11 bill Black Caucus demands Flint funding from GOP MORE (R-Ky.) to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating the emission of greenhouse gases;
- an amendment offered by Vitter ordering the federal government to sell off unused and underused property;
- a Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSaudi skeptics gain strength in Congress Why Cruz flipped on Trump Schumer rips 'disappointing' 9/11 bill veto, pledges override MORE (R-Texas) amendment to form a bipartisan commission to improve oversight of government spending;
- an amendment offered by Sen. James InhofeJames InhofeDemocrats blast GOP for ‘sabotaging’ House waterways bill GOP pressures Kerry on Russia's use of Iranian airbase Week ahead: Flint aid fight shifts to House MORE (R-Okla.) to repeal the expansion of tax reporting requirements on payments made to corporations for property and other gross proceeds;
- an amendment from Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulSaudi skeptics gain strength in Congress Senators challenge status quo on Saudi arms sales Five tips from Trump's fallen rivals on how to debate him MORE (R-Ky.) to slash $200 billion in spending for fiscal 2011;
- an amendment offered by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) to delay the implementation of the healthcare reform law until a final resolution is reached in pending lawsuits;
- The Sanders amendment.
- an amendment offered by Sen. Tom CoburnTom CoburnRyan calls out GOP in anti-poverty fight The Trail 2016: Words matter Ex-Sen. Coburn: I won’t challenge Trump, I’ll vote for him MORE (R-Okla.) to force federal agencies to compile comprehensive lists of all of their programs;
- a Sen. Mark PryorMark PryorCotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Top Democrats are no advocates for DC statehood MORE (D-Ark.) amendment to establish a program which would allow the SBA to make loans to members of the military wanting to start or expand a small business; and
- a manager's amendment offered by Sen. Mary LandrieuMary LandrieuLouisiana needs Caroline Fayard as its new senator La. Senate contender books seven-figure ad buy Crowded field muddies polling in Louisiana Senate race MORE (R-La.) to alter the enactment date of the underlying legislation.
The Senate will convene at 2 p.m., resume consideration of the small business bill at 3 p.m. and proceed to consider the nomination of Mae D’Agostino to be a United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York at 4:30 p.m.