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 BrownBank watchdogs approve rule to loosen ban on risky Wall Street trades Dayton mayor assigned extra security following verbal spat with Trump The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape 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) ManchinGOP senator: Gun control debate 'hasn't changed much at all' back home What the gun safety debate says about Washington Sunday shows - Recession fears dominate MORE (W.Va.), Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyThe Hill's Morning Report - Progressives, centrists clash in lively Democratic debate Democrats press Trump Treasury picks on donor disclosure guidelines Pennsylvania school district turns down local businessman's offer to pay off student lunch debts MORE (Pa.) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerFacebook users in lawsuit say company failed to warn them of known risks before 2018 breach New intel chief inherits host of challenges Overnight Defense: US, Russia tensions grow over nuclear arms | Highlights from Esper's Asia trip | Trump strikes neutral tone on Hong Kong protests | General orders ethics review of special forces 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.