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 ManchinCould bipartisanship rise with Trump government? Overnight Finance: Trump adviser softens tone on NAFTA | Funding bill to be released Tuesday | GOP leader won't back Trump tariff plan Top Dem signals likely opposition to Sessions nomination MORE (W.V.), voting against. The vote took place after the upper chamber came to an agreement on other votes, including Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulGOP rep: Trump has 'extra-constitutional' view of presidency The ignored question: What does the future Republican Party look like? Rand Paul skeptical about Romney as secretary of State 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 CrapoEx-Im faces new problems with Trump GOP debates going big on tax reform Top Banking Dem pushes back on Trump Dodd-Frank 'dismantle' MORE (Idaho), Jim DeMint (S.C.), Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleySenate GOP: National museum should include Clarence Thomas Drug pricing debate going into hibernation GOP leaders host Trump's top deputies MORE (Iowa), Mike LeeMike LeeSenate GOP: National museum should include Clarence Thomas Senate GOP to Obama: Stop issuing new rules Will Trump back women’s museum? MORE (Utah), Jerry MoranJerry MoranSenate GOP to Obama: Stop issuing new rules Overnight Tech: Bill protecting online reviews heads to Obama | New addition to FCC transition team | Record Cyber Monday Overnight Finance: Trump expected to pick Steven Mnuchin for Treasury | Budget chair up for grabs | Trump team gets deal on Carrier jobs MORE (Kan.) Paul, James Risch (Idaho), Pat RobertsPat RobertsSenate GOP to Obama: Stop issuing new rules GOP debates going big on tax reform Memo to the LGBT community: Donald Trump is not your enemy 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 ReidFree speech is a right, not a political weapon Overnight Tech: FCC eyes cybersecurity role | More trouble for spectrum auction | Google seeks 'conservative outreach' director Cures bill clears first Senate hurdle 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 CollinsMedicare looms over Trump-Ryan alliance Senators crafting bill to limit deportations under Trump Cornyn: ‘Virtual certainty’ Sessions and Price will be confirmed 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 GrahamThe trouble with Rex Tillerson A Cabinet position for Petraeus; disciplinary actions for Broadwell after affair Pentagon should have a civilian chief to give peace a chance 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 Finance: Trump adviser softens tone on NAFTA | Funding bill to be released Tuesday | GOP leader won't back Trump tariff plan Trump gets chance to remake the courts Wrestling mogul McMahon could slam her way into Trump administration 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 TesterRed-state Dems face tough votes on Trump picks Montana Republican warns of Senate challenge to Tester Vulnerable Dems ready to work with Trump 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 McConnellCould bipartisanship rise with Trump government? Senate names part of Cures bill after Beau Biden Biden raises possibility of 2020 presidential bid 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 MenendezThe right person for State Department is Rudy Giuliani Warren, Menendez question shakeup at Wells Fargo Democrats press Wells Fargo CEO for more answers on scandal MORE (D-N.J.).
This article was updated at 1:50 a.m.