Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahyGoing national with automatic voter registration Republicans slam Trump’s new policy toward Cuba Trump draws a harder line on Cuba 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 MerkleyJeff MerkleyOvernight Regulation: Labor groups fear rollback of Obama worker protection rule | Trump regs czar advances in Senate | New FCC enforcement chief Dems urge Sessions to reject AT&T-Time Warner merger Dems step up attacks on GOP ObamaCare bill 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 BrownSenate Banking panel huddles with regulators on bank relief Overnight Regulation: Labor groups fear rollback of Obama worker protection rule | Trump regs czar advances in Senate | New FCC enforcement chief Dems urge Sessions to reject AT&T-Time Warner merger 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 MoranTrump can help farmers by improving two-way trade with Cuba Former GOP House veterans panel chairman goes to K Street Former reps: Increase support to Ukraine to deter Russia MORE (D-Va.).