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Senate rejects both Republican and Democratic bills to fund government



On the 34th day of partial government shutdown, the US Senate voted on two bills to reopen the government. Both failed.

The first bill was one backed by President Donald Trump that included funding for his long-promised wall along the US-Mexico border. It fell short of the necessary 60 votes.

The final vote to end debate on Thursday was 50-47, with Joe Manchin of West Virginia casting the sole Democratic yea vote, and Republicans Mike Lee of Utah and Tom Cotton of Arkansas voting no.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., leaves the chamber after Senate Democrats blocked President Donald Trump’s request for $5.7 billion to construct his long-sought wall along the U.S-Mexico border on Jan. 24, 2019.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

The legislation, which included a number of additional immigration restrictions in addition to wall funding, was widely condemned by Democrats as a bad-faith attempt to re-open the government by adding several “poison pills.”

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The bill would have, among other things, required unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in the United States to apply in their home countries and deport those who appeared at the border, and reduced the number of people eligible for temporary protected status (TPS) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections.

“No one — no one — can call this a new effort at compromise,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement before the votes.

The Senate also rejected a continuing resolution that Senate Democrats brought to the floor to re-open the government by extending last year’s appropriations — without funding for the wall. It also required 60 votes to pass.

Even though the Republican party controls the Senate 53-47, the Democratic proposal to re-open the government secured more yes votes than the Republican bill, failing 52-44.

Six Republican Senators voted for the Democratic continuing resolution.

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