Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahySenate Dems: Trump making negotiations 'impossible' Live coverage: Shutdown begins Judiciary advances 17 judicial nominees MORE (D-Vt.), however, launched a vigorous offensive against the amendment from the Senate floor, arguing that it would impose cumbersome reporting requirements on local police departments and agencies that could prevent them from winning and keeping federal services.

“This would make it impossible for some small rural committees to get bulletproof vests … this would make it impossible for some of the smaller departments to get money for rape kits,” Leahy argued. “This is a one-size-fits-all approach that is going to hurt law enforcement and hurt victims.”  

Voting in quick succession, the Senate also defeated an amendment proposed by Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleySenate ends debate on Powell nomination ahead of likely confirmation 2020 Democrats vote against Schumer deal Senate headed for Monday vote on bill to reopen government MORE (D-Ore.) to prohibit amounts appropriated for any freight rail transportation project from being expended unless the steel, iron and manufactured products used in the project are produced in the United States. That vote was 55-44, but required a 60-votes for passage.

The Senate also cleared, by unanimous consent, an amendment from Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownAFL-CIO president: Trump has been a 'disappointment'  Dems rip Trump's Fed pick as Senate panel mulls three key nominees Trump slaps tariffs on imported washing machines, solar panel technology MORE (D-Ohio) to increase available funding for the Housing and Community Development Act of 1987 and another technical amendment to improve the bill offered by Sen. Jim MoranJim MoranDems face close polls in must-win Virginia Billionaire Trump donor hires lobbyists to help vets Lawmakers: Chaffetz has a point on housing stipend MORE (D-Va.).