The Senate on Monday rejected a Democratic effort to move forward with campaign finance legislation.

In a 51-44 vote that fell along party lines, the Senate blocked the DISCLOSE Act, the Democrats’ most recent attempt to answer the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision with legislation. Sixty votes were necessary for the bill to move forward.

The bill would require companies, unions and other entities to report campaign spending of more than $10,000.

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Immediately after the vote, Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidAmendments fuel resentments within Senate GOP Donald Trump is delivering on his promises and voters are noticing Danny Tarkanian wins Nevada GOP congressional primary MORE (D-Nev.) filed a motion to reconsider the vote — something Democrats are hoping will happen Tuesday.

Democrats were expected to continue the debate into the evening to call attention to the issue. They are describing a series of speeches set to go into Tuesday morning as a “midnight vigil.”

“We recognize that you don’t win every fight in round one, and this is a fight worth continuing,” the Senate bill’s lead sponsor, Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseLive coverage: FBI chief, Justice IG testify on critical report GAO to look into Trump's reduction of carbon social costs Overnight Energy: Pruitt used security detail to run errands | Dems want probe into Pruitt's Chick-fil-A dealings | Yellowstone superintendent says he was forced out MORE (D-R.I.), said Monday in a statement. “Putting an end to secret election spending by special interests is an essential step in protecting middle class priorities. For that reason, we are committed to continuing the debate on the DISCLOSE Act late into the night and asking for a second vote tomorrow if need be.”

Republicans accused Democrats of setting up a vote they knew would fail in order to score political points against the GOP. They also criticized Democrats for not taking action on the Bush tax rates, which are set to expire at the end of the year. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate passes 6B defense bill Poll: Kim Jong Un has higher approval among Republicans than Pelosi The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Outcry raises pressure on GOP for immigration fix MORE (R-Ky.) argued a tax increase would hurt the economy at a time of high unemployment.

“For 40 straight months of unemployment above 8 percent … and our friends in the majority want us to pass this bill that everyone from the ACLU to the NRA is opposed to,” McConnell said seconds before the campaign finance vote. “This is an ultimate waste of Senate time.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) countered: “We know the Republicans don't like disclosure. You can find that from the person they're going to nominate for the President of the United States,” a reference to Mitt Romney not releasing more of his tax returns.

Democrats argued it is necessary to limit the amounts corporations and individuals can give for political messaging. Without restrictions, they argue the rich and corporations will have too powerful a voice.

“I believe that the amount of money in American politics today is stealing America's democracy,” Sen. John KerryJohn Forbes KerryShould President Trump, like President Obama, forsake human rights in pursuit of the deal with a tyrant? GOP Senate report says Obama officials gave Iran access to US financial system Democrats conflicted over how hard to hit Trump on Iran MORE (D-Mass.) said. "It is robbing Americans of the right to have the kind of representation and the kind of discussion that Americans deserve."

The Senate failed to advance a similar bill in 2010, which would have required reporting after $600 in campaign spending.