The Senate on Tuesday voted against limiting debate on dozens of amendments lawmakers want to add to a bipartisan transportation bill, setting up more negotiations as Congress moves closer to having to resort to yet another temporary extension to the current law before it expires at the end of this month.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., called for the cloture vote in an effort to wipe the slate clean of Republican amendments that Democrats say should not be considered because they are not related to highways.

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