Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyCongress should build on the momentum from spending bill Overnight Tech: Zuckerberg grilled by lawmakers over data scandal | What we learned from marathon hearing | Facebook hit with class action lawsuit | Twitter endorses political ad disclosure bill | Uber buys bike share Overnight Cybersecurity: Zuckerberg faces grilling in marathon hearing | What we learned from Facebook chief | Dems press Ryan to help get Russia hacking records | Top Trump security adviser resigning 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 MerkleyOvernight Energy: Senate confirms Bridenstine as NASA chief | Watchdog probes Pruitt’s use of security detail | Emails shine light on EPA science policy changes 32 male senators back Senate women's calls to change harassment rules Duckworth brings her baby to Senate vote, drawing a crowd 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 BrownTrump VA pick faces challenge to convince senators he’s ready for job Overnight Finance: Senate repeals auto-lending guidance, shattering precedent with vote | House passes IRS reform bills | Senate GOP fears tax cut sequel Dem Senator open to bid from the left in 2020 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 MoranJames (Jim) Patrick 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.).