Vote-O-rama picks up speed as Senate clears amendments by voice vote

A Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod BrownThe Trail 2016: Her big night Kaine as Clinton's VP pick sells out progressive wing of party Unions want one thing from Hillary tonight: A stake in TPP’s heart MORE (D-Ohio) amendment designed to close a loophole that allows some public infrastructure projects to be outsourced.

Transportation projects financed by the American taxpayer should, to the best extent possible, be financed by American worker built with American materials, Brown said prior to the vote.  

A Sen. Roy BluntRoy BluntThe Republicans' hypocrisy on minimum wage Overnight Energy: Officials close in on new global emissions deal 40 senators seek higher biodiesel mandate MORE (R-Mo.) amendment to designate 15 percent of highway funds for bridges for control by local communities rather than the state.

It doesn’t increase the amount of money, Blunt said. It continues current policy, and I think every county commissioner would be relieved [if this passed].

A Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleyKaine as Clinton's VP pick sells out progressive wing of party Unions want one thing from Hillary tonight: A stake in TPP’s heart Only senator to back Bernie: Dems must unite MORE (D-Ore.) amendment to exempt interstate travel regulations for farmers who are traveling within 150 miles of their farms. 

Merkley explained that under current regulations some farmers who live within a few miles of a state border are required to follow strict interstate commercial travel regulations to transport their goods. 

This is a simple common-sense amendment, he said prior to the vote. 

A Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharTim Kaine backs call to boost funding for Israeli missile defense Senate Dems push Obama for more Iran transparency Senators launch broadband caucus MORE (D-Minn.) amendment to amend the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999 to provide clarification regarding the applicability of exemptions relating to the transportation of agricultural commodities and farm supplies, and for other purposes.

In addition, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen Jeanne ShaheenDemocrats ‘freaked out’ about polls in meeting with Clinton GMO labeling bill advances in the Senate over Dem objections Overnight Defense: US blames ISIS for Turkey attack | Afghan visas in spending bill | Army rolls up its sleeves MORE (D-N.H.) agreed to drop her amendment to increase the amount available for the operating cost of equipment and facilities for public transportation systems that operate fewer than 50 buses. A manager’s amendment offered by Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerReid faces Sanders supporters' fury at DNC Calif. Dem touts her 'badass' sister's Senate run The Trail 2016: One large crack in the glass ceiling MORE (D-Calif.) was also cleared by unanimous consent.

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