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 BrownSherrod Brown backs new North American trade deal: 'This will be the first trade agreement I've ever voted for' Trump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field On The Money: Pelosi, Trump tout deal on new NAFTA | McConnell says no trade vote until impeachment trial wraps up | Lawmakers push spending deadline to Thursday 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) ManchinSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial McConnell: I doubt any GOP senator will vote to impeach Trump Manchin warns he'll slow-walk government funding bill until he gets deal on miners legislation MORE (W.Va.), Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyThe US needs to lead again on disability rights No one wins with pro-abortion litmus test New ObamaCare enrollment period faces Trump headwinds MORE (Pa.) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerTikTok chief cancels Capitol Hill meetings, inflaming tensions Watchdog report finds FBI not motivated by political bias in Trump probe Ex-Rep. Scott Taylor to seek old Virginia seat 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.

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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.