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.
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 SandersGive Trump the silent treatment Macron: Gets a win in France, but now the challenge comes Conway: I have 'no idea' who is leading Democratic Party 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."
Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzCruz: Drug lord cash can fund border wall There’s a new frontier in space exploration, but will Trump be on board? Georgia campaigns keep up pressure ahead of runoff vote 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 backs miners health fix in funding bill Schumer: Funding deal possible if Trump drops border wall Disconnect: Trump, GOP not on same page MORE (R-Ky.) of lying to him over the issue.
Cruz and fellow presidential candidates Sens. Rand PaulRand PaulWe can put America first by preventing public health disasters Conservative activists want action from Trump McConnell: 'Big challenge' to pass ObamaCare repeal in Senate MORE (Ky.) and Marco RubioMarco RubioTop Trump officials push border wall as government shutdown looms Rubio defends Trump: 'This whole flip-flop thing is a political thing' Rubio: Shutdown would have 'catastrophic impact' on global affairs MORE (Fla.) voted no on Sunday, while Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamGraham: There are 'no good choices left' with North Korea Graham: North Korea shouldn't underestimate Trump Five key moments from Trump's first 100 days MORE (R-S.C.) voted yes.