Republicans have complained that Reid isn’t allowing an open amendment process, but Reid said he would allow open amendments to the defense authorization because Senate Armed Service Committee leaders, Sens. Carl LevinCarl LevinThe Fed and a return to banking simplicity What Our presidential candidates can learn from Elmo Zumwalt Will there be a 50-50 Senate next year? MORE (D-Mich.) and John McCainJohn McCainYes, let’s set politics aside on sage grouse conservation Democrats pounce on Cruz's Supreme Court comments Obama's right to tackle redistricting, but it won't be easy MORE (R-Ariz.) agreed to wade through and table all the non-germane amendments offered.
At the beginning of the week, Reid said he wanted to hold votes on the Cybersecurity Act, Sportsmen’s Act and start consideration of the Defense Authorization Act of 2013 before leaving for Thanksgiving break. The Cybersecurity Act, S. 3414, which would have encouraged companies that operate critical infrastructure to boost the security of their computer systems, failed to get enough votes to invoke cloture Wednesday night. Today, Reid signaled that the Senate would complete work on the Sportsmen’s Act, S. 3525, which would increase access to federal land for hunters and fishermen while also supporting conservation, when it returns after Thanksgiving on Monday, Nov. 26.
Reid said he wanted to “set the record straight” that he’s not the reason the defense authorization, S. 3254, isn’t being taken up.
“We’re not the cause for why the defense authorization bill is not being brought to the floor,” Reid said.