Senate votes to revive Ex-Im

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The Senate in a rare Sunday session voted to advance legislation reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, which expired last month.

Over objections from conservatives, the Senate voted 67-26 to end debate on a measure to add language reauthorizing the bank’s charter to federal highway spending legislation. A vote to formally add the language to the highway bill will come later this week.

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The measure extending the bank’s charter for five years was offered by Sen. Mark KirkMark KirkFunding boost for TSA sails through committee GOP senators propose sending ISIS fighters to Gitmo VA chief 'deeply' regrets if Disney comment offended vets MORE (Ill.), one of the most vulnerable Senate Republicans up for reelection next year.

The vote split Senate Republicans.

All of the 26 "no" votes came from the GOP, while 24 Republicans voted to move forward with reauthorizing the bank.

No Democrats voted agains the bank. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersParty chairs see reversal of fortune Sanders mocks ‘tough guy’ Trump for changing mind on debate Clinton email headache is about to get worse MORE (I-Vt.) opposes the bank but missed Sunday's vote to campaign.

Kirk said in a statement that bank supporters "cleared a major hurdle today."

"We are one step closer to keeping American jobs here in America and not lost to countries like China," Kirk said.
 
House conservatives oppose reauthorizing the bank, and House Republicans have also raised objections to the five-year highway spending bill, meaning the legislation faces an uncertain future in the House.

Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzParty chairs see reversal of fortune McConnell: Trump White House will have ‘constraints’ Cruz holds back support for Trump with eye on abortion MORE (R-Texas) is the loudest opponent of the bank in the Senate. In a Friday floor speech, the presidential candidate accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellMcConnell: Trump White House will have ‘constraints’ Nearly 400 House bills stuck in Senate limbo McConnell-allied group: We'll back Rubio if he runs for reelection MORE (R-Ky.) of lying to him over the issue.

Cruz and fellow presidential candidates Sens. Rand PaulRand PaulOvernight Energy: Trump outlines 'America First' energy plan in North Dakota Overnight Regulation: GOP slams new Obama education rules Paul blocks chemical safety bill in Senate MORE (Ky.) and Marco RubioMarco RubioFla. Senate candidate bashes Rubio The Hill's 12:30 Report Rubio: 'Maybe' would run for Senate seat if 'good friend' wasn't MORE (Fla.) voted no on Sunday, while Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamSenators to Obama: Make 'timely' call on Afghan troops levels Senate amendments could sink email privacy compromise Trump: Romney 'walks like a penguin' MORE (R-S.C.) voted yes.