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

A Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod BrownOvernight Finance: Goldman Sachs alums in both Clinton, Trump camps Business groups heap scorn on proposed arbitration ban Dem senators: Slash executive pay at pension plans seeking benefit cuts 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 BluntOvernight Healthcare: Medicare fight looms on Capitol Hill Senate GOP hardening stance against emergency funding for Zika Senate Dems accuse GOP of walking away from Zika deal 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 MerkleyOvernight Finance: Fed steady on rates; Dems rally behind retirement rule Overnight Finance: Puerto Rico pressure builds; Big tariff vote Wednesday Senate votes to increase wind energy funding 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 KlobucharLobbying World Dem senators: Slash executive pay at pension plans seeking benefit cuts Judiciary Dems seek hearing on voting rights 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 ShaheenSenators approve shift in funding to ease airport wait times Carter pledges probe of sex assault testimony Pentagon looks to reduce billion energy bill 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 BoxerThe Trail 2016: GOP stages of grief Cruz fouls out in Indiana Carter pledges probe of sex assault testimony MORE (D-Calif.) was also cleared by unanimous consent.

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