The Senate approved the six-month spending resolution to keep the government funded early Saturday morning.
The vote was 62-30, with 10 Republicans voting with the Democratic majority and only one Democrat, Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOvernight Finance: Trump threatens NAFTA withdrawal | Senate poised for crucial Puerto Rico vote | Ryan calls for UK trade deal | Senate Dems block Zika funding deal Overnight Energy: Volkswagen reaches .7B settlement over emissions Senators rally for coal miner pension fix MORE (W.V.), voting against. The vote took place after the upper chamber came to an agreement on other votes, including Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulTrump: Rivals who don't back me shouldn't be allowed to run for office Trump hires Rand Paul's former digital director: report Trump flexes new digital muscle MORE’s (R-Ky.) bill to end foreign aid to Egypt, Libya, Pakistan and Yemen unless they met certain conditions.
Paul had been filibustering the Senate for days, delaying action by requiring the maximum amount of time be spent on each vote until he got a vote on his own bill, which failed, 10-81.
Numerous Republican senators stood up in opposition to Paul’s bill, calling it dangerous and irresponsible, especially to Israel. But Paul said he believed the American people were on his side.
“They don’t want to vote for this because they know they’re voting against the will of their constituents,” Paul said Friday on the floor.
Republican Sens. Mike CrapoMike CrapoPost Orlando, hawks make a power play Overnight Cybersecurity: Senate narrowly rejects expanding FBI surveillance powers Senate narrowly rejects new FBI surveillance MORE (Idaho), Jim DeMint (S.C.), Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyPollster: Clinton leads in 5 battlegrounds Overnight Tech: Judiciary leaders question internet transition plan | Clinton to talk tech policy | Snowden's robot | Trump's big digital push Dozens of senators push EPA for higher ethanol mandate MORE (Iowa), Mike LeeMike LeeTwo transgender candidates win primaries Overnight Finance: Trump threatens NAFTA withdrawal | Senate poised for crucial Puerto Rico vote | Ryan calls for UK trade deal | Senate Dems block Zika funding deal Senate Democrats block Zika agreement ahead of recess MORE (Utah), Jerry MoranJerry MoranSenate panel approves lifting Cuba travel ban Boost in Afghan visas blocked in Senate Senate contradicts itself on Gitmo MORE (Kan.) Paul, James Risch (Idaho), Pat RobertsPat RobertsUSDA extends comment period for 'certified organic' animal rule Senate contradicts itself on Gitmo GOP senators propose sending ISIS fighters to Gitmo MORE (Kan.), Richard Shelby (Ala.) and Pat Toomey (Pa.) voted for Paul's measure.
“Americans are crying out for us to stop giving out tax dollars to those who aren’t our friends,” DeMint said, after mentioning that Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDems leery of Planned Parenthood cuts spark Senate scuffle Overnight Finance: Senate sends Puerto Rico bill to Obama | Treasury, lawmakers to meet on tax rules | Obama hits Trump on NAFTA | Fed approves most banks' capital plans Senate passes Puerto Rico debt relief bill MORE (D-Nev.) wouldn’t allow an amendment to Paul’s bill to loosen the language, which DeMint preferred and Paul agreed to.
There was a fair amount of opposition to the continuing resolution, — H.J.Res. 117 — which funds the government through March. The resolution that passed in the House last week puts the government on pace to spend $1.047 trillion in discretionary spending in 2013, the same level agreed to in last year's Budget Control Act.
Some Republicans opposed the resolution because they wanted to fund the government for longer than six months. Manchin, the sole Democrat in opposition, said he didn’t want to keep kicking the can down the road.
“These continuing resolutions are suppose to be temporary, but it looks like they’ve become a permanent way of doing business,” Manchin said on the floor Thursday. “And it’s a bad way of doing business.”
Sen. Susan CollinsSusan CollinsSenate panel approves 0M for international climate fund Don’t let Congress legislate science Democrats stage protest during brief House session MORE (R-Maine) said Wednesday that she’d vote against the resolution because she would prefer to see the appropriations bill get votes, rather than the spending resolution.
“Rather than consider these appropriations bills, they’d rather kick the can down the road and pass a six-month extension,” Collins said. “It’s still not too late; there’s no reason why the individual spending bills couldn’t be brought to the floor and allow senators to offer amendments.”
The Senate also voted on S.J. Res. 41, which says the United States and other countries have a vital interest in working together to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons capability. Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamOvernight Defense: US blames ISIS for Turkey attack | Afghan visas in spending bill | Army rolls up its sleeves Senate panel passes bill that would create 4K visas for Afghans Trump: Rivals who don't back me shouldn't be allowed to run for office MORE (R-S.C.) introduced the resolution that had 82 cosponsors. It was approved on a 90-1 vote.
“We know with certainty that Iranian leaders show no signs of wanting to halt their program to develop nuclear weapons,” a co-sponsor, Sen. Richard BlumenthalRichard BlumenthalOvernight Tech: Groups grade Clinton tech agenda | Facebook activates safety check in Istanbul | Another holdup for location data bill Senate faces critical vote on Puerto Rico Reid backs House Puerto Rico bill MORE (D-Conn.), said. “This resolution says to the world that the United States and governments of other responsible nations have a vital mutual interest to stop Iran from nuclear weapons capability.”
Paul voted against the resolution because he said it was “a vote for preemptive war” against Iran.
The vote on the CR concluded after 1 a.m. Saturday.
The final piece of business the Senate addressed before leaving for the November elections was a vote on a motion to proceed to the Sportsman Act when they return. The motion was approved by a 84-7 vote.
Sen. Jon TesterJon TesterBernie Sanders’s awkward return to the Senate Senators roll out bipartisan gun proposal Congress should stop government hacking and protect the Fourth Amendment MORE (D-Mont.) introduced S. 3525, which combines 20 bipartisan bills to increase access to federal land for hunters and fishers while also supporting conservation measures.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellDems leery of Planned Parenthood cuts spark Senate scuffle Overnight Finance: Senate sends Puerto Rico bill to Obama | Treasury, lawmakers to meet on tax rules | Obama hits Trump on NAFTA | Fed approves most banks' capital plans Senate passes Puerto Rico debt relief bill MORE (R-Ky.), at the last minute tried to force a vote on the House sportsman package, H.R. 4089, but Reid objected, saying that the House version was much smaller and less comprehensive than Tester’s version.
“If this vote was about sportsmen the Senate would have taken up the House passed bill that can be signed into law today,” a senior GOP aid said Saturday morning. “But that’s not what Democrats picked. Democrats chose to scrap any chance that sportsmen can get a bill signed into law anytime soon in order to provide a cover vote for an endangered incumbent.”
Reid praised the bill for bipartisanship and said there was no reason Republicans should object to the measure, especially since it doesn’t cost anything.
“If you flip through the dictionary and found the definition of bipartisan some of it would be this Tester package,” Reid said on the floor Thursday.
Reid also said Friday that when the Senate returns it would take up a housing bill by Sen. Bob MenendezRobert MenendezOvernight Finance: Trump threatens NAFTA withdrawal | Senate poised for crucial Puerto Rico vote | Ryan calls for UK trade deal | Senate Dems block Zika funding deal Menendez rails against Puerto Rico bill for 4 hours on floor Overnight Cybersecurity: Senate narrowly rejects expanding FBI surveillance powers MORE (D-N.J.).
This article was updated at 1:50 a.m.