By Erik Wasson - 03/22/13 06:11 PM EDT
It is also key-voting an amendment by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) to create a new procedure to strike earmarks from bills, and one by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) to get rid of the Export-Import Bank.
The bank is widely supported by big business, which argues it is a self-sustaining entity that levels the playing fields for global trade. Conservatives opposed its reauthorization last year because they argued its subsidized loans violate free-market principles.
President Obama this week renominated Fred Hochberg as head of the Ex-Im Bank.