Work on a “small business reauthorization bill stalled in the Senate this week after Democrats resisted a demand from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) to vote on his amendment to repeal a tax credit for ethanol,” according to the Floor Action blog.
According to Senate sources, Coburn is refusing to any unanimous consent agreement that would allow the Senate to begin voting on amendments until a vote on his ethanol amendment is assured. Talks on how to handle the impasse took place into Tuesday night, and were thought to be continuing Wednesday morning.
Coburn said on Tuesday that it is an "outrage" that the Senate so far will not allow a vote on his amendment, which he said would save $5 billion.
This is in relation to the SBIR and STTR Reauthorization Act (S. 493).