Thursday, February 14, 2019

BREAKING: Here Are the Border Barrier Restrictions In Today's Agreement

8:10pm: BREAKING: All 4 AZ GOP Reps. vote against spending bill compromise. @RepRaulGrijalva only AZ Dem to vote against.

19 Dems, 109 Republicans voted no. GOP breakdown, 87-109. Dem breakdown,  213-19.

Here are a few of the pages of the 1,169 bill that Congress is voting on today to keep the government funded past tomorrow and provide $1.375B for border barriers. These are the pages specific to the border wall funding that President Trump was insisting on.
(Reuters-Jose Luis Gonzalez)

It restricts the barriers to steel bollards and other designs previously approved. It restricts it to the Rio Grande Valley Sector of the U.S.-Mexico border, rules out some sensitive areas and gives border towns a say in what happens within their jurisdictions.

The bill passed the Senate this afternoon, 83-16, and is slated to be voted on in the House tonight. Both Arizona Senators voted "aye" and at least two House members (Biggs, Gosar) have indicated that they oppose the agreement.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated this afternoon that the President will sign the measure and will concurrently declare a national emergency in a controversial effort to free up other funds for more border wall.

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