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Senate passes funding transparency bill

The Senate passed a bill Thursday that aims to ensure transparency on how all federal funds are spent.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) introduced S. 994, the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, and got unanimous consent Thursday to pass the measure with an amendment from Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.).

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Sessions on Obama's deportation policy: ‘This is open borders’

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said President Obama’s administration has failed to enforce U.S. immigration laws and therefore have created an “open borders” situation.

“This is open borders,” Sessions said on the Senate floor Thursday. “If you get passed the border and into the interior … then you can just stay. This cannot be the policy of the United States of America.”

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HELP leaders block bill requiring background checks in schools

Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) tried to pass a bill that would have required background checks on all school employees, but Sens. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) objected to their unanimous consent request.

The Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predators Act, S. 1596, would require schools to conduct background checks on all school employees in order for the school to get federal education funding.

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