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 VitterLobbying World Bottom Line Republicans add three to Banking Committee 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 McConnellJuan Williams: Race, Obama and Trump Schumer puts GOP on notice over ObamaCare repeal Right renews push for term limits as Trump takes power 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 CornynTrump opens can of worms with blast at drugmakers Senators wrestle with whether to back Tillerson Senate takes first step toward repealing ObamaCare MORE (R-Texas) amendment to form a bipartisan commission to improve oversight of government spending;
- an amendment offered by Sen. James InhofeJames InhofeSenate teeing up Mattis waiver Lawmakers play nice at Russia hacking hearing Senate chairman meets Trump’s EPA nominee 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 PaulSanders, Dems defend ObamaCare at Michigan rally Paul: Medicaid expansion 'the big question' Rand Paul: ObamaCare replacement goal is to insure most people at lowest cost 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 CoburnCoburn: Trump's tweets aren't presidential The road ahead for America’s highways Rethinking taxation 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 LandrieuFive unanswered questions after Trump's upset victory Pavlich: O’Keefe a true journalist Trump’s implosion could cost GOP 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.