Senate reverses passage of anti-terrorism bill

Senate reverses passage of anti-terrorism bill

The Senate took the rare step of reversing a bill's passage Monday after initially clearing legislation meant to curb international terrorism funding.

The bill from Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and ranking Democrat Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownSenate Dems press for info on any deals from Trump-Putin meeting Dems call for hearings on Trump’s CFPB nominee to be put on hold Senate Dems build huge cash edge in battlegrounds MORE (D-Ohio) passed by unanimous consent Monday afternoon. But the Senate reversed the bill's passage an hour later.

The reversal comes as Brown and fellow Democrat Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinSenate Dems build huge cash edge in battlegrounds Morrisey accuses Manchin of 'lying' to Trump, attacks ‘liberal’ record The Hill's Morning Report — Trump, Putin meet under cloud of Mueller’s Russia indictments MORE (W.Va.), Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseySenate Dems protest vote on controversial court pick Senate Dems build huge cash edge in battlegrounds Dem senator: Kavanaugh would 'turn back the clock' on women's health care MORE (Pa.) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSenate Dems press for info on any deals from Trump-Putin meeting Overnight Defense: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | GOP looks to reassure NATO | Mattis open to meeting Russian counterpart Hillicon Valley: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | Sparks fly at hearing on social media | First House Republican backs net neutrality bill | Meet the DNC's cyber guru | Sinclair defiant after merger setback MORE (Va.) pledged to block the Senate from passing any bills by unanimous consent until it addresses legislation to protect retired coal miners' pension and healthcare benefits.

An earlier, joint release from Shelby and Brown’s offices had praised the bill’s passage as "a critical step to halt terrorists and international criminals from abusing our financial system."

Both offices issued a correction after the reversal.

Tamika Turner, an aide to Brown, said in an email "The Senate subsequently reversed passage of legislation considered by unanimous consent this afternoon, including the Shelby-Brown bill. The bill is not considered passed and is now pending again in the Senate.”

Shelby and Brown have a contentious relationship, and the Banking Committee has had few major bipartisan legislative successes under that dynamic. 

The bill would have required multiple federal agencies to assess and develop a joint anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing strategy. Congress has until the end of the year to pass it, or Brown and Shelby could reintroduce it when the next session of Congress begins in January.