Senate votes to revive Ex-Im

Senate votes to revive Ex-Im
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The Senate in a rare Sunday session voted to advance legislation reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, which expired last month.

Over objections from conservatives, the Senate voted 67-26 to end debate on a measure to add language reauthorizing the bank’s charter to federal highway spending legislation. A vote to formally add the language to the highway bill will come later this week.

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The measure extending the bank’s charter for five years was offered by Sen. Mark KirkMark Steven KirkWhy Republicans are afraid to call a key witness in the impeachment inquiry Ex-Rep. Duffy to join lobbying firm BGR Bottom Line MORE (Ill.), one of the most vulnerable Senate Republicans up for reelection next year.

The vote split Senate Republicans.

All of the 26 "no" votes came from the GOP, while 24 Republicans voted to move forward with reauthorizing the bank.

No Democrats voted agains the bank. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE (I-Vt.) opposes the bank but missed Sunday's vote to campaign.

Kirk said in a statement that bank supporters "cleared a major hurdle today."

"We are one step closer to keeping American jobs here in America and not lost to countries like China," Kirk said.
 
House conservatives oppose reauthorizing the bank, and House Republicans have also raised objections to the five-year highway spending bill, meaning the legislation faces an uncertain future in the House.

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzLawmakers spar over surveillance flight treaty with Russia Senators voice support for Iran protesters but stop short of taking action Prisons chief: FBI investigating whether 'criminal enterprise' played role in Epstein death MORE (R-Texas) is the loudest opponent of the bank in the Senate. In a Friday floor speech, the presidential candidate accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care: Fireworks on health care expected at Dem debate | Trump FDA pick dodges on vaping ban | Trump to host meeting on youth vaping Friday | AMA calls for immediate vaping ban GOP senator blocks vote on House-passed Violence Against Women Act On The Money: Senate scraps plan to force second shutdown vote | Trump tax breaks for low-income neighborhoods draw scrutiny | McConnell rips House Dems for holding up trade deal MORE (R-Ky.) of lying to him over the issue.

Cruz and fellow presidential candidates Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate scraps plan to force second stopgap vote ahead of shutdown On The Money: Senate scraps plan to force second shutdown vote | Trump tax breaks for low-income neighborhoods draw scrutiny | McConnell rips House Dems for holding up trade deal Democratic debate at Tyler Perry's could miss the mark with black voters MORE (Ky.) and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenate passes legislation supporting Hong Kong protesters Senators voice support for Iran protesters but stop short of taking action McConnell urges Trump to voice support for Hong Kong protesters MORE (Fla.) voted no on Sunday, while Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham: Report on alleged surveillance abuse in 2016 to be released Dec. 9 McConnell hopes Senate impeachment trial 'not too lengthy a process' Hillicon Valley: Progressives oppose funding bill over surveillance authority | Senators call for 5G security coordinator | Facebook gets questions over location tracking | Louisiana hit by ransomware attack MORE (R-S.C.) voted yes.