BREAKING: House approves border security package, as White House prepares to declare national emergency


The House of Representatives on Thursday night approved the border security package to avert another government shutdown that was passed overwhelmingly by the Senate earlier in the day — even as another legal showdown looms over the White House’s plan to declare a national emergency to secure more wall funding.

The laws passed in the Senate by a 83-16 vote, and secured House passage by a 300-128 vote later with mixed support from Democrats and Republicans in the evening. The bill is set to head to President Trump’s desk within the hour, following a so-called “enrollment ceremony” in which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., formally sends it to the White House.

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The agreement provides almost $1.4 billion for new barriers along the boundary. That’s less than the $1.6 billion for border security in a bipartisan Senate bill that Trump spurned months ago, and far short of the $5.7 billion Trump has long requested. It’s enough for building just 55 miles of barricades, not the 200-plus miles he’d sought.

Notably, the word “wall,” the heart of many a chant at Trump campaign events and his rallies as president, is absent from the compromise’s 1,768-page legislative and descriptive language. “Barriers” and “fencing” are the nouns of choice.

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