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The Senate Reverses Course and Votes to Fund Border Fence

The Senate looked like a bunch of fools last month when the they approved the border fence but then refused to fund it. Yesterday they finally voted to fund the fence.

The Senate did an abrupt about-face yesterday, voting overwhelmingly to begin paying for 370 miles of fencing and 500 miles of vehicle barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border, just three weeks after voting against the same spending.

The amendment's sponsor said senators were so embarrassed by that July 13 vote that most felt they had to reverse course and vote for it this time -- especially after so many were on record in May voting to build the fence in the first place. The amendment, which provides nearly $2 billion for the project, passed 94-3, with 66 senators switching from "no" to "yes" votes since last month.

They should have been embarrassed. The American people overwhelmingly support a border fence.

Comments (8)

Wow, I wonder if it was gra... (Below threshold)

Wow, I wonder if it was grass-roots complaints or a more organized campaign that turned their heads...

I agree epador. I think af... (Below threshold)

I agree epador. I think after the dust of the well-televised marches/protests had settled it became apparent that the majority of Americans can distinguish between legal and illegal immigration despite attempts by others to muddy this distinction. The majority of Americans obviously feel the laws regarding LEGAL immigration should be followed.

Come November 8th, they'll ... (Below threshold)

Come November 8th, they'll reverse their funding again. But they'll do it in small slashes.

I mean it was just too perfect an example of how once they have comprehensive border reform (aka guest worker + path to citizenship), they can sabatoge the implimentation of the fence.

blah j4m6=jpm100, sorry fo... (Below threshold)

blah j4m6=jpm100, sorry for using the wrong username here.

They voted for the border b... (Below threshold)

They voted for the border before they were against the border?

If the US house and senate ... (Below threshold)
USMC Pilot:

If the US house and senate were appointed by some foriegn entity, the current ones would probably cause a revolution. How can anyone be so frivolous when casting votes that effect the lives of American citizens. I have no problem with someone who is against a fence, nor someone that is for it. However, I think we need to throw out anyone who can chance their votes on nothing but the political winds.

It is very similar to the polls about the presidents job performance. How can so many people change their minds so quickly? Unless, of course, they never had one to start with. Kind of like most of the senators.

Wow, I wonder if it was ... (Below threshold)

Wow, I wonder if it was grass-roots complaints or a more organized campaign that turned their heads..

It had less to do with that and more to do with where the money comes from. Apparently the funding originally was to come from Homeland Security, taking away from other programs, which was why it was rejected. The new amendment takes funding from an emergency contingency fund related to National Guard border deployment. It's ok to read up on things before you toss around conjecture, Kim.

Anyway, I'm not sure how much good a fence will do, what with the new technology being developed down south. ;)

my plan would be to back ... (Below threshold)

my plan would be to back up a truck full of army uniforms, as they come across the border, slap a uniform on them, ship them out to Iraq and promise a review for citizenship once they've completed their tours of duty, learned English and sworn alligance to the USA. no fence needed.






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