Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid brought the measure to the floor for consideration at the request of McConnell. But McConnell refused to permit a vote after Reid said it could pass with 51 votes in the 100-member Senate. McConnell demanded 60 votes needed for passage.
The jockeying played out as Democrats and Republicans seek to end a stalemate on how to resolve spending and tax issues by year’s end.
(Reporting by Thomas Ferraro and Richard Cowan; Editing by Stacey Joyce)