First, the Senate voted on an amendment by Sens. John KerryJohn KerrySenate confirms Obama's long-stalled ambassador to Mexico The challenge: Reaching 350 million youth worldwide Obama’s Iran playbook gives hope to Darfur MORE (D-Mass.) and Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) that was essentially a counter to an amendment by Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) to cut off U.S. food aid to North Korea. The Kerry-Lugar amendment was approved in a vote of 59 to 40, and Kyl's amendment failed 43 to 56.
An amendment by Sen. Tom UdallTom UdallSurprise resignation threatens to hobble privacy watchdog Dem bill cracks down on payday lenders Menendez wants vote on ambassador to Mexico MORE (D-Colo.), which increased funding to fight insect and disease epidemics in forests, was approved in a decisive vote of 77 to 22. An amendment by Sen. Mike LeeMike LeeCruz: Boehner unleashed his ‘inner Trump’ Senate pressured to take up email privacy bill after overwhelming House vote House unanimously passes email privacy bill MORE (R-Utah) repealing the forest legacy program failed in a vote of 21 to 77.