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“There are at least three independent studies recently that underscore that ‘Too Big To Fail’ is still alive and well,” Vitter said. “’Too Big To Fail’ policies are creating an unfair playing field for smaller banks.”

Brown and Vitter argue that the Dodd-Frank financial reform law didn’t do enough to keep large banks in check. They say that if banks are still “Too Big To Fail,” they have an unfair advantage and are able to borrow more money since lenders believe they would be bailed out if a risky investment fails.


The Senate also voted on the following budget amendments:

- Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears Steel lobby's PR blitz can't paper over damaging effects of tariffs Drama hits Senate Intel panel’s Russia inquiry MORE (D-Va.) amendment 693, to stop the repeal of the estate tax without offsetting the revenue, passed 80-19.

- Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThunePolls: Hiking estate tax less popular than taxing mega wealth, income Will Trump sign the border deal? Here's what we know Key GOP senator pitches Trump: Funding deal a 'down payment' on wall MORE (R-S.D.) amendment 307, to permanently eliminate the federal estate tax, failed 46-53.

- Sen. Jack ReedJohn (Jack) Francis ReedPapering over climate change impacts is indefensible Why Democrats are pushing for a new nuclear policy GOP chairman: US military may have to intervene in Venezuela if Russia does MORE (D-R.I.) amendment 482, to provide funding for low-income weatherization and energy efficiency retrofit programs, passed by voice vote.

- Sen. Mary LandrieuMary Loretta LandrieuLobbying world Former New Orleans mayor: It's not my 'intention' to run for president Dems grasp for way to stop Trump's Supreme Court pick MORE (D-La.) amendment 314, to fix Congressional Budget Office scoring on leases of major medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs, passed by voice vote.

- Sen. Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallHillicon Valley: House panel takes on election security | DOJ watchdog eyes employee texts | Senate Dems urge regulators to block T-Mobile, Sprint deal | 'Romance scams' cost victims 3M in 2018 Dems urge regulators to reject T-Mobile, Sprint merger Dems wary of killing off filibuster MORE (D-N.M.) amendment 483 to create royalty fees for hardrock mineral mined on federal land, passed by voice vote.

- Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterHow the border deal came together GOP braces for Trump's emergency declaration Border talks stall as another shutdown looms MORE (D-Mont.) amendment 537, to authorize children who are eligible to receive healthcare furnished under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to retain such eligibility until age 26, passed by voice vote.

- Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) amendment 535, to repeal the tax increase on catastrophic medical expenses created by the Affordable Care Act, failed 45-54.

- Sen. Robert CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyGOP wants to pit Ocasio-Cortez against Democrats in the Senate Biden speaking to Dems on Capitol Hill as 2020 speculation mounts: report GOP senators: Trump should not declare border emergency during State of the Union MORE (D-Pa.) amendment 442, to fund Edward Burn Memorial Justice assistance grants for state and local law enforcement, passed by voice vote.

- Sen. Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsEx-Trump official says intel community's testimony interfered in US-North Korea talks Is a presidential appointment worth the risk? Intel agencies' threat assessment matters more than tiff with Trump MORE (R-Ind.) amendment 514, to allow presidential exemptions from the rule of the Environmental Protection Agency — the Mercury and Air Toxins Standard — for power plants that need additional time to meet standards, failed 46-53.

- Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinBipartisan Senators reintroduce legislation to slap new sanctions on Russia Baseball legend Frank Robinson, first black manager in MLB, dies at 83 Biden speaking to Dems on Capitol Hill as 2020 speculation mounts: report MORE (D-Md.) amendment 273, to improve oral healthcare for children with Medicaid coverage, passed by voice vote.

- Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeSenate approves border bill that prevents shutdown Push for paid family leave heats up ahead of 2020 New act can help us grapple with portion of exploding national debt MORE (R-Utah) amendment 373, to provide a point of order against budgets spending more on net interest payments on the debt than on national defense, and to ensure the government funds its military at higher levels than the militaries of foreign holders of its debt, failed 46-53.