Sen. Carl Levin, who was one of several Democrats hoping to add changes to the bill, urged his colleagues to oppose the measure.
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) on Tuesday evening said that President Barack Obama forced Senate Democrats’ hand on the bill after he came out in favor of the House measure, where it passed overwhelmingly, 390-23.
Asked whether it was a mistake for Obama to so quickly endorse the House bill, Landrieu said, “I do think it was.
“It should have gone through committee,” Landrieu added.
Reid had intended to have the Senate Banking Committee draft its own version but decided to move the House package after Obama’s endorsement and a barrage of criticism from House and Senate Republicans who urged quick passage.
James Jones, communications director for DC Vote, tapes a "DC Constituents Service Day" sign on the wall as he stands with other DC residents outside of Rep. Andy Harris's office on Capitol Hill to protest Harris' actions against D.C.'s marijuana laws on Thursday, July 24, 2014. DC Vote encouraged DC residents to bring their complaints about city services to the Maryland congressman.