Senate nixes border, Iron Dome funding (+ video)

The US Senate voted down legislation that would fund $2.7 billion in appropriations for addressing the tens of thousands of migrant children flooding the US border.

By , Reuters

As the Senate debated how to proceed to an emergency supplemental spending package to address an influx of child migrants at the Southern border, wildfire suppression and funding for Israel's Iron Dome, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., decried the inability of senators to offer amendments on the bill. "I say shame on you for not allowing those of us who represent the states that are most affected by this to have an amendment; an amendment voted on. I mean that, that is unbelievable to me." Republicans after used a budget point of order by Senate Budget Chairman Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., to kill the Senate bill 50-44, 10 votes shy of the 60 votes needed.

US Senate legislation giving President Obama $2.7 billion to deal with tens of thousands of Central American migrant children amassing at the southwestern U.S. border was blocked on Thursday by Republican opposition.

By a vote of 50-44, 10 short of the 60 needed, the bill failed to clear a procedural hurdle. Republicans objected to the cost of the measure and complained that it would not be effective in discouraging rising illegal migration of children from El SalvadorHonduras, and Guatemala.

Earlier on Thursday, the House of Representatives failed to pass a $659 million funding bill that the White House had threatened to veto. House Republican leaders are trying to figure out a way to bring a border-security bill back to the chamber for passage. The Monitor's Francine Kiefer reports that many representatives blame Ted Cruz for interfering with the House vote.

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The failure of the US Senate's border security funding bill also delayed at least until September $225 million in funding for Israel's "Iron Dome" missile defense system.

The Senate Appropriations Committee had included the funds for Israel's system in a bill that would have given Obama $2.7 billion to deal with an influx of tens of thousands of undocumented Central American children across the border with Mexico.

But the funding bill stalled until at least September when it failed to clear a procedural hurdle by a vote of 50-44, 10 short of the 60 needed. Republicans objected to the cost of the measure.

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