The Senate has blocked an immigration measure sponsored by Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainDon’t disrespect McCain by torpedoing his clean National Defense Authorization Act Meghan McCain rips Trump's 'gross' line about her dad Trump's America fights back MORE (R-Ariz.) and Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsSenate moderates hunt for compromise on family separation bill All the times Horowitz contradicted Wray — but nobody seemed to notice Hillicon Valley: Trump hits China with massive tech tariffs | Facebook meets with GOP leaders over bias allegations | Judge sends Manafort to jail ahead of trial | AT&T completes Time Warner purchase MORE (D-Del.) that did not include money for President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN analyst Kirsten Powers: Melania's jacket should read 'Let them eat cake' CNN's Cuomo confronts Lewandowski over 'womp womp' remark Sessions says FBI agent Peter Strzok no longer has his security clearance MORE’s border wall.

The amendment fell in a 52-47 vote. It needed 60 votes to overcome a procedural hurdle set up for four different immigration measures the Senate will vote on Thursday.

Each of the four proposals appear to be short of the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster.

The McCain–Coons bill would provide a path to citizenship for more than 1.8 million immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children. It would also require the Department of Homeland Security to secure the border by 2021. 

The bill was widely expected to fall short because it did not meet Trump’s demand for $25 billion in funding for the wall. It also did not include changes to two legal immigration programs that Trump wants to change.

The Department of Homeland Security criticized the legislation, but it had drawn support from Democrats.

McCain, who is undergoing treatment for brain cancer, missed the vote.


Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Trump caves under immense pressure — what now? Election Countdown: Family separation policy may haunt GOP in November | Why Republican candidates are bracing for surprises | House Dems rake in record May haul | 'Dumpster fire' ad goes viral Manchin up 9 points over GOP challenger in W.Va. Senate race MORE (D-W.Va.), who is up for reelection in a state Trump won by more than 40 points, opposed the plan.

Republican Sens. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeMcSally takes hard line on immigration in Arizona primary Flake threatens to limit Trump court nominees: report Poll: McSally holds 14-point lead in Arizona GOP Senate primary MORE (Ariz.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate panel advances three spending bills Trump says he will sign executive order to end family separations Trump backs narrow bill halting family separations: official MORE (S.C.), Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerSenate moving ahead with border bill, despite Trump 13 GOP senators ask administration to pause separation of immigrant families Sessions floats federal law that would protect states that decriminalize marijuana MORE (Colo.) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiIcebreaking ships are not America’s top priority in the Arctic 13 GOP senators ask administration to pause separation of immigrant families Trump plan to claw back billion in spending in peril MORE (Alaska) supported it. 

The Senate will also vote on an amendment to crack down on sanctuary cities, a bipartisan measure backed by centrists, and legislation that largely mirrors Trump's "four pillars" proposal for immigration. It includes border security, a pathway to citizenship for the 1.8 million immigrants and changes to two legal immigration programs.

The Senate began in immigration floor debate this week, using a "shell" bill unrelated to immigration as the base legislation for the talks.