Reid Calls Senators to Floor to Work on Small-Business Bill

Posted July 29, 2010 at 5:05pm

The Senate’s stalemate over a small-business jobs bill continued Thursday evening when Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called Members to the floor to try to work out a deal.

Reid ordered the rare live quorum call hours after he was unable to break a GOP-led filibuster of the measure, which has intermittently been on the floor for weeks. Democrats were hoping to clear the bill before leaving town for the weekend, but they need at least one Republican to cross over.

Their chances appeared increasingly unlikely Thursday after Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) bitterly attacked Reid’s handling of the bill.

Reid may try another procedural vote Thursday night to end debate.