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Senate likely to come up short on border bill

9 months ago July 30, 2014 Jul 30, 2014 Wednesday, July 30 2014 Wednesday, July 30, 2014 2:22:32 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bill to deal with the immigration surge at the border appears headed for procedural defeat in the Senate.

It comes as lawmakers trade blame over their inaction, just a few days before Congress' five-week summer recess.

Senate Democrats' $3.5 billion emergency spending bill is designed to help deal with tens of thousands of young migrants crossing the border illegally. But it appears to lack the necessary support to move forward even after the inclusion of hundreds of millions of dollars to fight Western wildfires and provide aid for Israel's defense.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the stalemate is Republicans' fault. The minority leader, Mitch McConnell, blames the Democrats.

House GOP leaders hope to move their own smaller measure Thursday, but it's unclear whether they will succeed.

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