Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) “is backing down after stalling small-business legislation to force a vote on his amendment to repeal ethanol subsidies,” POLITICO reports.
The Oklahoma Republican announced late Wednesday that he won’t continue to stand in the way of votes on the pending small-business bill after holding up negotiations for more than a day.
That sets up floor votes Thursday on a series of amendments to block the Obama administration’s climate change rules and a measure to repeal a 1099 tax compliance measure in the health care law.
But Coburn isn’t finished with ethanol just yet. He plans to call for a vote on a motion to suspend the rules after cloture is filed on the small-business bill, which would require 67 votes to proceed to his amendment.
“I’m just trying to get this thing unjammed,” Coburn said. “I won’t win it under a 67-vote rule, might not have won it under 60 with the pressures that would be applied, but it’s going to send a signal, ‘we’re going to get rid of this.’”
This is in relation to the SBIR and STTR Reauthorization Act (S. 493).