Senate votes 53-46 to stop US from joining UN Arms Trade Treaty

In the last batch of amendment votes to the budget, the Senate voted on several foreign policy proposals.

Sen. James InhofeJames InhofeThree more Republican senators to meet with Supreme Court nominee Senate unveils B waterways bill with aid for Flint 0 million Flint aid package included in water bill MORE (R-Okla.) introduced an amendment that would prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty in order to uphold the Second Amendment. His amendment passed on a 53-46 vote.

Republicans have been critical of President Obama’s decision to consider the treaty, although Obama has said he would not vote for anything that would violate the Second Amendment. 

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The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty would regulate international arms sales. Negotiations end on March 28.

“We’re negotiating a treaty that cedes our authority to have trade agreements with our allies in terms of trading arms,” Inhofe said. “This is probably the last time this year that you’ll be able to vote for your Second Amendment rights.”

Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahySenate Dems accuse GOP of slow-walking Obama nominees Judiciary Dems seek hearing on voting rights Overnight Cybersecurity: Voter data breaches spark fraud concerns MORE (D-Vt.) offered an alternative amendment that clarified that under current U.S. law, treaties don’t trump the Constitution and that the United States should not agree to any arms treaty that violates the Second Amendment rights. His amendment passed by voice vote.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob MenendezRobert MenendezSenate confirms Obama's long-stalled ambassador to Mexico Democrats block energy spending bill over Iran amendment Senate close to voting on Mexico ambassador MORE (D-N.J.) said he thought it was irresponsible to be considering major foreign policy decisions at 3 a.m. on Saturday morning.


The Senate also voted on the following budget amendments:

- Sen. Pat RobertsPat RobertsWill Republicans put up more bureaucratic obstacles to healthy kids? Let’s stand with retired military leaders to get healthy school meals over the finish line Investments in research and development are investments in American jobs MORE (R-Kan.) amendment 184,  to expedite exports from the United States through reform of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 in such a manner that greenhouse gas emissions produced outside the United States by any good exported from the United States are not subject to the requirements of that Act, passed by voice vote.

- Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulObama calls for Congress to combat tax evasion and money laundering The Hill's 12:30 Report Ten third-party candidate names at top of Never Trump’s list MORE (R-Ky.) amendment 382, to increase funding for interstate bridges and pay for it with funding that would have gone to for foreign assistance and the Department of Energy loan guarantees, failed 26-72.

- Sen. David VitterDavid VitterSenators aim to bolster active shooter training 5 takeaways from Mike Lee’s leadership bid Republicans demand shift in Obama’s ISIS strategy MORE (R-La.) amendment 526, to require photo ID to vote in federal elections, 44-54

- Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) amendment 338, to end subsidized mobile phone service, failed 46-53.

- Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzCruz, Kasich aides blame each other for Trump How Ryan and Cruz fast-tracked Trump to the GOP nomination Pence backs Trump a week after endorsing Cruz MORE (R-Texas) amendment 471, to reduce aid to Egypt to pay for the East Coast Missile Defense Shield, 25-74.

- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) amendment 702, to raise a point of order to prohibit funds to the United Nations while any member nation forces involuntary abortions, 38-61

- Sen. Mike LeeMike LeeReid: Cruz, Lee on Supreme Court should 'scare you' Cruz: Boehner unleashed his ‘inner Trump’ Senate pressured to take up email privacy bill after overwhelming House vote MORE (R-Utah) amendment 673, to raise a point of order on a bill that would limit the Second Amendment, failed 50-49 to waive the budget act (60 votes are required).

- Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) amendment 521, to fund the payment in lieu of taxes program for federal lands, passed by voice vote.

- Sen. Tom CoburnTom CoburnThe Hill's 12:30 Report Ten third-party candidate names at top of Never Trump’s list Third-party push gaining steam MORE (R-Okla.) amendment 416, to prevent non-defense spending by the Department of Defense, failed 43-56.

- Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) amendment 709, to force the Senate to consolidate duplicative government programs, passed 62-37.

- Sen. Rob PortmanRob PortmanTreasury poised to announce decision on pension cuts for Teamsters The Trail 2016: GOP stages of grief Trump: I’ll announce VP pick at convention MORE (R-Ohio) amendment 154, to require the Congressional Budget Office to include macroeconomic feedback scoring of tax legislation, passed 51-48.


The following amendments were passed en bloc by unanimous consent:

- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen Jeanne ShaheenSenators approve shift in funding to ease airport wait times Carter pledges probe of sex assault testimony Pentagon looks to reduce billion energy bill MORE (D-N.H.) amendment 149, to increase the capacity of federal agencies to ensure effective contract management and contract oversight.

- Sen. Richard BlumenthalRichard BlumenthalJudiciary Dems seek hearing on voting rights Supreme Court wrestles with corruption law Lawmaker calls for probe into 'unusual' Amazon cruise deaths MORE (D-Conn.) amendment 577, to ensure funding for air traffic controllers

- Sen. Tim JohnsonTim JohnsonHousing groups argue Freddie Mac's loss should spur finance reform On Wall Street, Dem shake-up puts party at crossroads Regulators fret over FOIA reform bill MORE (D-S.D.) amendment 593, to address Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac fees.

- Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOvernight Healthcare: Public support mounts for action on opioids Clinton slams convicted ex-coal chief West Virginia Dem defends Clinton support despite coal remarks MORE (D-W.Va.) amendment 316, to prevent prescription drug abuse in the United States.

- Sen. Ron WydenRon WydenDOJ: Wyden misunderstanding law in fight over secret cyber memo Overnight Cybersecurity: Judge could require Clinton testimony in email case Wyden to introduce bill fighting new fed hacking powers MORE (D-Ore.) amendment 394, to add more funding combat chronic illnesses.

- Sen. Max BaucusMax BaucusWyden unveils business tax proposal College endowments under scrutiny The chaotic fight for ObamaCare MORE (D-Mont.) amendment 267, to support rural schools and districts.

- Sen. Kay HaganKay Hagan10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2016 Senate Republicans are feeling the 'Trump effect' Washington's lobby firms riding high MORE (D-N.C.) amendment 269, to strengthen the enforcement of provisions of free trade agreements that relate to textile and apparel articles.

- Sen. Al FrankenAl FrankenTSA under investigation for racial profiling Judiciary Dems seek hearing on voting rights Senate passes resolution honoring Prince MORE (D-Minn.) amendment 353, to add funding for rural broadband.

- Sen. Ben CardinBen CardinThe Hill's 12:30 Report Overnight Energy: Obama drinks Flint water during visit Overnight Energy: Clinton takes on former coal industry CEO MORE (D-Md.) amendment 453, to add funding for general health improvement.

- 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-NM) amendment 192, to increase access to healthcare for veterans in rural areas. 

- Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) amendment 479, to add provisions on financial aid award letters.

- Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) amendment 581, to exempt states from remote sales of business inputs.

- Sen. Robert CaseyBob CaseyObama-backed Dem makes gains in Pa. primary Senate introduces tariff relief bill Lawmakers react to Villanova's buzzer-beater NCAA win MORE (D-Pa.) amendment 265, to prohibit certain revisions of allocations for workforce investment measures that lack program integrity controls for the Job Corps program.

- Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersClinton, Sanders right that nuke spending is wrong Obama on Trump: 'This is not a reality show' The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (I-Vt.) amendment 594, to fund OAA home delivered meals.

- Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) amendment 618, to address anti dumping/countervailing duties.

- Sen. Carl LevinCarl LevinCarl, Sander Levin rebuke Sanders for tax comments on Panama trade deal Supreme Court: Eye on the prize Congress got it wrong on unjustified corporate tax loopholes MORE (D-Mich.) amendment 430, as modified, to collect offshore tax on corporations.

- Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) amendment 499, for Energy research and development to comply with greenhouse gas rules.

- Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) amendment 434, to increase funding for inland waterways systems.

- Sen. Dan CoatsDan CoatsYoung beats Stutzman in Indiana Senate GOP primary Ind. Senate candidate paid relative 0K for campaign work GOP blasts Obama for slow economic growth MORE (R-Ind.) amendment 195, to require fuller reporting on possible costs to taxpayers of any budget submitted by the president.

- Sen. John HoevenJohn HoevenSenators approve shift in funding to ease airport wait times This week: Congress on track to miss Puerto Rico deadline Week ahead: Senate looks to wrap up energy, water spending bill MORE (R-N.D.) amendment 319, to provide additional resources to Criminal Investigations and Police Services of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

- Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly AyotteStoddard: Can Trump close the deal with the GOP? Trump plans visit to Capitol Hill Ayotte alarmed by sped-up Gitmo reviews MORE (R-N.H.) amendment 161, to have a full audit of the financial statements of the Department of Defense by 2017.

- Sen. Mark KirkMark KirkIllinois voters should hold Sen. Mark Kirk accountable Senate Dems accuse GOP of slow-walking Obama nominees Democrats race to link GOP incumbents to Trump MORE (R-Ill.) amendment 671, to address Iran sanctions.

- Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa MurkowskiActivists target Google employees over GOP convention plans The Hill's 12:30 Report Bishop eyes new Puerto Rico bill after recess MORE amendment 672, to provide fishery assistance.

- Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioTrump on Ryan snub: 'It doesn’t bother me at all’ How Trump did it Ten third-party candidate names at top of Never Trump’s list MORE amendment 623, to express the sense of the Senate on use of NASA facilities.

- Sen. Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderDemocrats block energy spending bill over Iran amendment Overnight Finance: Puerto Rico pressure builds; Big tariff vote Wednesday Senate votes to increase wind energy funding MORE (R-Tenn.) amendment 348, to ensure public access for fishing near Army Corps dams.

- Sen. John BoozmanJohn BoozmanDemocrats race to link GOP incumbents to Trump Dem Senate candidate rips Trump’s ‘serial harassment’ of women Bringing US rice back to Cuba MORE (R-Ark.) amendment 389, to reduce regulatory burdens on community banks.

- Sen. Dean HellerDean HellerStoddard: Can Trump close the deal with the GOP? Carter pledges probe of sex assault testimony Democrats block energy spending bill over Iran amendment MORE (R-Nev.) amendment 477, to fund per diem payments to care for homeless veterans.

- Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) amendment 217, to support programs related to the nuclear missions of the Department of Defense and the National Nuclear Security Administration.

- Sen. Mike EnziMike EnziGOP blocks slate of Obama judicial nominees Overnight Finance: New rules proposed to curb Wall Street pay GOP senator tries to tie 'No budget, no pay' to funding bill MORE (R-Wyo.) amendment 489, to provide for a tax reform transition.

- Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) amendment 655, to support tribal education programs.

- Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinLobbying World Judiciary Dems seek hearing on voting rights Elizabeth Warren stumps, raises funds for Duckworth MORE (D-Ill.) amendment 525, to increase biomedical research at the National Institute of Health.

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