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“There are at least three independent studies recently that underscore that ‘Too Big To Fail’ is still alive and well,” Vitter said. “’Too Big To Fail’ policies are creating an unfair playing field for smaller banks.”

Brown and Vitter argue that the Dodd-Frank financial reform law didn’t do enough to keep large banks in check. They say that if banks are still “Too Big To Fail,” they have an unfair advantage and are able to borrow more money since lenders believe they would be bailed out if a risky investment fails.


The Senate also voted on the following budget amendments:

- Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerTech beefs up lobbying amid Russia scrutiny Overnight Tech: Senate Dems want FCC chief recused from Sinclair merger | Tech rallies on Capitol Hill for DACA | Facebook beefs up lobbying ranks Facebook adds two lobbyists amid Russia probe MORE (D-Va.) amendment 693, to stop the repeal of the estate tax without offsetting the revenue, passed 80-19.

- Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneSenate panel approves GOP tax plan Republicans see rising Dem odds in Alabama Overnight Health Care: Nearly 1.5M sign up for ObamaCare so far | Schumer says Dems won't back ObamaCare deal if it's tied to tax bill | House passes fix to measure letting Pentagon approve medical treatments MORE (R-S.D.) amendment 307, to permanently eliminate the federal estate tax, failed 46-53.

- Sen. Jack ReedJohn (Jack) Raymond ReedArmy leader on waiver report: 'There's been no change in standards' 15 Dems urge FEC to adopt new rules for online political ads Monopoly critics decry ‘Amazon amendment’ MORE (D-R.I.) amendment 482, to provide funding for low-income weatherization and energy efficiency retrofit programs, passed by voice vote.

- Sen. Mary LandrieuMary LandrieuYou want to recall John McCain? Good luck, it will be impossible CNN producer on new O'Keefe video: Voters are 'stupid,' Trump is 'crazy' CNN's Van Jones: O'Keefe Russia 'nothingburger' video 'a hoax' MORE (D-La.) amendment 314, to fix Congressional Budget Office scoring on leases of major medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs, passed by voice vote.

- Sen. Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallOvernight Cybersecurity: Kushner was contacted about WikiLeaks before election | Tech experts blast Trump's 'extreme vetting' plan | Senate passes defense bill with measure to modernize feds' IT FCC rolls back media regulations in move that critics say benefits Sinclair Overnight Tech: Senate Dems want FCC chief recused from Sinclair merger | Tech rallies on Capitol Hill for DACA | Facebook beefs up lobbying ranks MORE (D-N.M.) amendment 483 to create royalty fees for hardrock mineral mined on federal land, passed by voice vote.

- Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterAnother perfect storm: Why we must act before flood insurance runs dry Democrats scramble to contain Franken fallout  GOP campaign committees call on Democrats to return Franken donations MORE (D-Mont.) amendment 537, to authorize children who are eligible to receive healthcare furnished under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to retain such eligibility until age 26, passed by voice vote.

- Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) amendment 535, to repeal the tax increase on catastrophic medical expenses created by the Affordable Care Act, failed 45-54.

- Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyThe GOP tax bill will be a health care burden on American families Democrats scramble to contain Franken fallout  GOP campaign committees call on Democrats to return Franken donations MORE (D-Pa.) amendment 442, to fund Edward Burn Memorial Justice assistance grants for state and local law enforcement, passed by voice vote.

- Sen. Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsNational counterterrorism chief to retire at the end of year Former intel chief Hayden: Think twice on a Trump job offer Counterintelligence needs reboot for 21st century MORE (R-Ind.) amendment 514, to allow presidential exemptions from the rule of the Environmental Protection Agency — the Mercury and Air Toxins Standard — for power plants that need additional time to meet standards, failed 46-53.

- Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinTop Dem: Lawmakers taking 'more active role' in Trump foreign policy Questions loom over Franken ethics probe State Dept. spokeswoman acknowledges 'morale issue' MORE (D-Md.) amendment 273, to improve oral healthcare for children with Medicaid coverage, passed by voice vote.

- Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeProminent conservative passes on Utah Senate bid Johnson says he will not support tax-reform bill Moore endorsements disappear from campaign website MORE (R-Utah) amendment 373, to provide a point of order against budgets spending more on net interest payments on the debt than on national defense, and to ensure the government funds its military at higher levels than the militaries of foreign holders of its debt, failed 46-53.