Senate Votes to Revive Export-Import Bank, Keep Obamacare (Updated)

McConnell set up Sunday's victory for Ex-Im Bank supporters. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 4:57 p.m. | In a pair of losses for conservatives, the Senate voted overwhelmingly Sunday to revive the Export-Import Bank while failing to overcome a filibuster of an attempt to repeal Obamacare — with more fireworks to come.  

The rare Sunday votes set the stage for the Senate to send a long-term highway bill tied to the Ex-Im Bank to the House later this week, but not before facing other gambits by conservatives, including a procedural vote forced by Sen. Ted Cruz regarding the Iran deal and an effort to deploy a maneuver akin to the "nuclear option." The Senate quickly adjourned for the night after holding the series of votes. The Obamacare repeal failed 49-43, well shy of the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster and attach the repeal to the bill aimed at avoiding a highway program shutdown at the end of July.  

Six Senators Demand Ex-Im Bank Liquidation Plan

Cruz, Lee and Rubio are among those pushing for a liquidation plan for the Export-Import Bank. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ex-Im Bank supporters were wrong if they thought the bank’s opposition would trail off after the charter’s authorization expired on June 30.  

Six Republican senators Wednesday demanded a plan for “orderly liquidation” of the bank in a letter to Chairman Fred Hochberg.  

Ex-Im Bank Could Hitch a Ride on Highway Bill (Video)

McConnell says an "obvious" place for an Ex-Im Bank vote would be on the highway bill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It looks like the Export-Import Bank will hitch a ride on the highway bill.  

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday the highway bill would be the "obvious place" for a vote to keep the bank alive. That'd be over the objections of one Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who ripped GOP leaders earlier Tuesday and demanded they commit to killing the bank . Ex-Im Bank May Be Attached to Highway Bill