Senate Passes Amendment for Increased Border Security
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It's official, the Gang of Eight adds an amendment that will add 20,000 patrol agents and 700 miles of border fencing after a 69-29 Senate vote. The Senate also invoked cloture on S. 744 and it's expected to come up for a final vote by the end of this week.
WASHINGTON -- Senators formally added an amendment on Wednesday that increases border security measures in the "gang of eight" immigration bill, with negotiations continuing on whether additional amendments will go for votes before the full legislation is brought for a vote, likely before the July 4 recess.
The border amendment from Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) passed in a 69 to 29 vote, with 15 Republicans voting in favor. The Wednesday vote was similar to a 67-27 test vote that took place on Monday, but with the addition of four senators who were not present at the earlier vote.