The Senate on Monday started the fast-track process on a reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, after its charter expired earlier this year.  

The process, known as Rule 14, will allow the legislation from Sen. Mark KirkMark Steven KirkBiden's relationship with 'Joe-Joe' Manchin hits the rocks Let's fix America's accounting problem — starting with Build Back Better Duckworth announces reelection bid MORE (R-Ill.) to skip over the committee process and go directly to the Senate floor where it could be scheduled for a vote. The fast-track process will likely be completed on Tuesday.
 
 
"The Senate is not going to spend a week on a bill that the leader doesn’t support," Don Stewart, a spokesperson for McConnell, told The Hill.
 
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Senate Democrats noted that the legislation is a duplicate of a bill Kirk introduced earlier this year which would reauthorize the bank through September 2019. The original legislation was referred to the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. 
 
The procedural maneuvers in the Senate come after a group of House Republicans joined with Democrats to file a discharge petition to force a vote on reauthorizing the bank, which could happen this month. 
 
Kirk in a statement earlier this month praised his House counterparts, adding that "the Senate has already passed the Kirk-Heitkamp Ex-Im bill with 64 votes and I am confident that given the chance, it will do so again.”
 
The Illinois Republican was referring to the Senate's 64-29 vote on attaching reauthorization of the bank to a long-term highway bill. That legislation, however, wasn't taken up by the House and is still in a conference committee. Sen. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampHarry Reid, political pugilist and longtime Senate majority leader, dies Virginia loss lays bare Democrats' struggle with rural voters Washington's oldest contact sport: Lobbyists scrum to dilute or kill Democrats' tax bill MORE (D-N.D.) is a co-sponsor of the bill.
 
McConnell faced pushback from conservative lawmakers for allowing the reauthorization to come up for a vote. Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO'Rourke says he raised record .2M since launching campaign for Texas governor Golden State Warriors owner says 'nobody cares' about Uyghurs All hostages free, safe after hours-long standoff at Texas synagogue: governor MORE (R-Texas), who is running for president, suggested from the Senate floor that the Republican leader lied about making a deal with Democrats on allowing for an Ex-Im vote in exchange for support on a fast-track trade bill.
 
This story was updated at 9:48 a.m.