Senate blocks bill on barring money for sanctuary cities
WASHINGTON - The Senate has blocked a measure that would bar federal funds from sanctuary cities, a contentious election-year vote on immigration.
The vote was 53 to 44, shy of the 60 votes required to move to a final vote on the legislation.
The bill would withhold some money from jurisdictions that resist turning over immigrants to federal authorities. The chief sponsor was Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, who is locked in a tough re-election race in Pennsylvania.
Congressional Republicans have pressed for restrictions since the July 2015 shooting of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco. The man charged in her death, Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez, was in the country illegally despite a long criminal record and multiple deportations.
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