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 VitterCruz: VA secretary 'should resign' Senate’s first female combat vet: VA secretary must resign VA chief 'deeply' regrets if Disney comment offended vets 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 McConnellBill would require nominees to release tax returns Overnight Healthcare: House loosens pesticide rules to fight Zika | A GOP bill that keeps some of ObamaCare | More proof of pending premium hikes Senate votes to block financial adviser rule 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 CornynSenate votes to block financial adviser rule GOP mired in Zika dispute GOP duo unveils healthcare bill maintaining parts of ObamaCare MORE (R-Texas) amendment to form a bipartisan commission to improve oversight of government spending;
- an amendment offered by Sen. James InhofeJames InhofeOvernight Defense: VA chief 'deeply' regrets Disney remark; Senate fight brews over Gitmo Senate GOP gears up for fight over Gitmo transfers GOP seeks to remove funding to design Gitmo alternative 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 PaulOvernight Defense: VA chief 'deeply' regrets Disney remark; Senate fight brews over Gitmo Paul ties release of 9/11 docs to defense bill Will Ted Cruz let it go? 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 CoburnMcCain: No third-party foes coming for Trump Tough choice for vulnerable GOP senators: Embrace or reject Trump The Trail 2016: Donald and the Supremes MORE (R-Okla.) to force federal agencies to compile comprehensive lists of all of their programs;
- a Sen. Mark PryorMark PryorEx-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Top Democrats are no advocates for DC statehood Ex-Sen. Landrieu joins law and lobby firm 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 Landrieu oil is changing the world and Washington Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Republican announces bid for Vitter’s seat 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.