A Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod BrownOvernight Finance: Trump advisor offers new hope for NAFTA | Funding bill to be released Tuesday | Senate Dems fight for miner pensions Senate reverses passage of anti-terrorism bill Senate Dems draw hard line over miners' pension bill 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 BluntSenate GOP to Obama: Stop issuing new rules Key Republicans ask Trump to keep on NIH director Overnight Defense: Trump reportedly picking Mattis for Defense chief 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 MerkleyDem senator to Trump: 'You have no mandate' GOP senators wary of nuking filibuster Dem senators charge: Trump not draining the swamp 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 KlobucharCures bill clears first Senate hurdle The Hill's 12:30 Report GOP wants to move fast on Sessions 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 ShaheenThis Week in Cybersecurity: Dems press for information on Russian hacks Overnight Tech: Venture capitalists' message to Trump | Bitcoin site ordered to give IRS data | Broadband gets faster Dem senator: Hold hearing on Russian interference in election 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 BoxerA record number of Indian Americans have been elected to Congress Congress strikes deal on water bill with Flint aid Senator blasts GOP push for California drought language in water bill MORE (D-Calif.) was also cleared by unanimous consent.