The Senate “will almost certainly begin its two-week recess without passing the Small Business Administration (SBA) funding bill, which has been stalled on the floor for almost four weeks, Senate staffers close to leadership told The Hill on Thursday.”
This is in relation to the SBIR and STTR Reauthorization Act (S. 493).
Senate leaders “were unable to move the bill forward because of disagreements on three amendments that are not germane, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said on Wednesday.”
The three amendments holding up the bill, according to Reid, are:
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s (R-Texas) proposal to delay the implementation of the healthcare reform law until a final resolution is reached in pending lawsuits;
Sen. John Cornyn’s (R-Texas) plan to form a bipartisan commission to improve oversight of government spending; and
Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) proposal to establish a point of order against any effort to reduce benefits paid to Social Security recipients, raise the retirement age or create private retirement accounts.
Much of the Senate’s attention “has also been consumed with the budget debate for fiscal year 2011.”