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.
BREAKING: House votes to approve border security funding bill to avert government shutdown. The measure now heads to the president’s desk for his signature. https://t.co/8OODeCfOFt pic.twitter.com/zKBMAgWr8r
— ABC News (@ABC) February 15, 2019
House passes government funding deal in 300-128 vote; bill heads to the president’s desk for signature.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 15, 2019
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