Reid looks to close out transportation bill Wednesday, then move to judicial nominations

A list of remaining amendments appears at the bottom of this story.

By 2:30 p.m., Reid said the Senate would start work on as many as 17 cloture votes on stalled judicial nominations. Republicans on Tuesday rejected Reid's strategy of calling for votes to end debate on these nominations, and said the plan appeared to be an attempt to make it look like Republicans were needlessly stalling these nominations.

Rep. Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderSenate backs equal pay for female soccer players Overnight Healthcare: Momentum on mental health? | Zika bills head to conference | Only 10 ObamaCare co-ops left Overnight Regulation: GOP slams new Obama education rules MORE (R-Tenn.) did acknowledge a delay, but said this was due to the Obama administration's decision to recess-appoint several people while the Senate was not in recess. Alexander said this controversial move made it much more difficult to approve a wave of non-controversial judges at the end of last year, as the Senate would normally do.

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Alexander called on Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellIn House GOP, Ryan endorsement of Trump seen as inevitable McConnell: Trump White House will have ‘constraints’ Nearly 400 House bills stuck in Senate limbo MORE (R-Ky.) to reach an agreement that would let the Senate avoid taking up 17 consecutive cloture votes on non-controversial nominees. And shortly before 7 p.m., Reid said there were discussions on exactly that topic.

"We're working with various parties to see if we can work something out on those nominations," Reid said. "We hope we can. If not, we'll have those votes."

Earlier in the day, McConnell argued that Reid was setting up the votes to provoke a conflict where there was none, and suggested the Senate should move immediately to a House-passed bill removing capital formation obstacles to small companies.

The Senate adjourned immediately after Reid spoke, leaving the following amendments to the transportation bill for Wednesday:

• Sen. Bob CorkerBob CorkerRubio: 'Maybe' would run for Senate seat if 'good friend' wasn't McConnell-allied group: We'll back Rubio if he runs for reelection The Trail 2016: Interleague play MORE's (R-Tenn.) amendment to ensure that the aggregate amount made available for transportation projects for a fiscal year does not exceed the estimated amount available for those projects in the Highway Trust Fund for the fiscal year (#1810).

• Sen. Tom CarperTom CarperFinancial industry spars with retailers over data breach bill Week ahead: Cyber Command in the spotlight Lawsuit exposes M cybertheft through banking software MORE's (D-Del.) amendment to provide states with additional flexibility (#1670).

• Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's (R-Texas) amendment to prohibit the imposition of new tolls on the federal-aid system, and for other purposes (#1568).

• Sen. John McCainJohn McCainTrump should apologize to heroic POWs McCain urges sports leagues to return 'paid patriotism' money Senators to Obama: Make 'timely' call on Afghan troops levels MORE's (R-Ariz.) amendment to enhance the natural quiet and safety of airspace of Grand Canyon National Park and for other purposes (#1669, as modified).

• Se. Lamar Alexander's (R-Tenn.) amendment to make technical corrections to certain provisions relating to overflights of national parks (#1779).

• Se. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerDem senators back Interior coal leasing review Trump and Sanders whip up debate buzz Boxer: Sanders appeals to young voters with grandpa effect MORE's (D-Calif.) amendment to express the sense of the Senate that federal agencies should ensure that all applicable environmental reviews, approvals, licensing and permit requirements under federal law are completed on an expeditious basis after a disaster or emergency (#1816).

• Se. Rand PaulRand PaulOvernight Energy: Trump outlines 'America First' energy plan in North Dakota Overnight Regulation: GOP slams new Obama education rules Paul blocks chemical safety bill in Senate MORE's (R-Ky.) amendment to permit emergency exemptions from compliance with certain laws for highway construction projects (#1556).

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