Hopes for quick passage of the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (Secure) Act were dashed Thursday when the Senate failed to consider a motion put forth by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for a unanimous consent vote.
The request asked for “immediate consideration of H.R. 1994,” the Secure Act.
Republican senators urged McConnell on Tuesday to put the Secure Act up for an immediate vote. The bipartisan bill passed the House by a 417-3 vote on May 23. Unanimous consent is an agreement among senators to expedite a vote.
The Senate reconvenes Monday. It’s unclear if McConnell will resubmit his motion. Senators’ other option is to attach the Secure Act to a year-end spending bill.
Charlie Bolton, an aide to Sen. Rob Portman, D-Ohio, said Tuesday that the Secure Act has not been able to pass “by unanimous consent because there’s a couple of holds in the Senate. There are a lot of ideas we have to sort of break through the logjam.”