Senate votes to revive Ex-Im

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 KirkHigh stakes as Trump heads to Hill Five things to watch for at Trump-Senate GOP meeting Giffords, Scalise highlight party differences on guns 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 SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSchumer: Franken should resign Franken resignation could upend Minnesota races Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign 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 CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzDebbie Wasserman Schultz marks 10 years as breast cancer survivor Foreign agent registration is no magical shield against Russian propaganda Let Trump be Trump and he'll sail through 2020 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 McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat McConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Brent Budowsky: A plea to Alabama voters MORE (R-Ky.) of lying to him over the issue.

Cruz and fellow presidential candidates Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulLexington mayor launches bid for Congress Trump-free Kennedy Center Honors avoids politics Meet the Iran hawk who could be Trump's next secretary of State MORE (Ky.) and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRyan pledges 'entitlement reform' in 2018 Richard Gere welcomes lawmakers' words of support for Tibet Dem lawmaker gives McConnell's tax reform op-ed a failing grade MORE (Fla.) voted no on Sunday, while Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration We are running out of time to protect Dreamers US trade deficit rises on record imports from China MORE (R-S.C.) voted yes.