Senate votes to reauthorize Ex-Im Bank
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Senators voted to revive the Export-Import Bank on Monday, setting themselves on a crash course with their House counterparts.

Lawmakers voted 64-29 on attaching a reauthorization of the bank's charter, which expired last month, to a long-term highway bill.

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The amendment, from Sen. Mark KirkMark Steven KirkBottom Line Trump faces serious crunch in search for new Homeland Security leader Feehery: How Republicans can win back the suburbs MORE (R-Ill), reauthorizes the bank's charter through the fall of 2019.

Supporters of Export-Import Bank were widely expected to be successful, after getting 67 votes to overcome a procedural hurdle and end debate on the amendment Sunday.

But the move adds another hurdle to an already uphill path for the six-year bill in the House, where Republican leadership has suggested the proposal is dead on arrival.

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said earlier Monday that the House will not be “taking up the Senate bill," suggesting that if lawmakers want to avoid a gap in federal infrastructure funding they have to pass a short-term bill.

But Senate Republicans continued to insist otherwise even in the wake of the California lawmakers strong language.

Kirk said Monday evening that "there is no reason" why the House can't pass the Senate's highway legislation, including the Ex-Im reauthorization.

"This is the bill we want to pass, and when we get it passed we hope the House will see the light," Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchTrump awards Medal of Freedom to racing industry icon Roger Penske Trump holds more Medal of Freedom ceremonies than predecessors but awards fewer medals Trump to award Medal of Freedom to former Attorney General Edwin Meese MORE (R-Utah) told reporters earlier, asked about the Senate legislation's chances in the lower chamber. 

Meanwhile, Sen. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeEleven GOP senators sign open letter backing Sessions's comeback bid Overnight Defense: Pentagon says Syrian oil revenue going to Kurdish forces | GOP chair accuses Dems of using Space Force as leverage in wall fight | Dems drop plans to seek Bolton testimony GOP senator: House Democrats using Space Force as leverage in border wall fight MORE (R-Okla.) appeared to dismiss McCarthy's comments on Monday evening, suggesting they were made "off the cuff."  

The push to give new life to the bank has split Senate Republican, pitting the party's 2016 contenders against one another.

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump circuit court nominee in jeopardy amid GOP opposition Trump has officially appointed one in four circuit court judges On The Money: Retirement savings bill blocked in Senate after fight over amendments | Stopgap bill may set up December spending fight | Hardwood industry pleads for relief from Trump trade war MORE (R-Texas) suggested late last week McConnell lied about allowing a vote on the bank as part of a deal to get needed support on a trade bill, a move that earned the firebrand Republican swift blowback from his colleagues.

After the vote, Cruz slammed what he's termed the "McConnell-Reid leadership team" and called on House lawmakers to keep their pledge to block the Senates bill. 

“Tonight, the McConnell-Reid leadership team pushed through another win for the Washington Cartel, and they did so at the taxpayers’ expense," the Texas Republican added. “Worse still, the one person who had the ability to make sure the Ex-Im Bank remained expired was the majority leader."

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamLindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Trump circuit court nominee in jeopardy amid GOP opposition The Hill's Morning Report - Impeachment drama will dominate this week MORE (R-S.C.) was the bank's lone supporter from the party's four presidential candidates, while Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP senators plan to tune out impeachment week Republicans warn election results are 'wake-up call' for Trump Paul's demand to out whistleblower rankles GOP colleagues MORE (R-Fla.) didn't vote. 
 
Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTech firms face skepticism over California housing response Press: Another billionaire need not apply Ex-Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick mulling 2020 run: report MORE (I-Vt.), who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, also voted against reauthorizing the bank's charter.
 
--This report was updated on July 28 at 5:47 a.m.