Senate clears border security bill

The Senate approved legislation yesterday that would authorize hundreds of miles of additional fencing and vehicle barriers along the U.S.-Mexican border.

The bill, which was introduced Tuesday by Sen. Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsFranken emerges as liberal force in hearings Five worries for tech under Trump The new Washington elite schmoozes over lunch MORE (R-Ala.) as an amendment to the underlying immigration-reform measure, would allow for a minimum of 370 miles of fencing through parts of California and Arizona, as well as 500 miles of vehicle barriers along the southwest border.

The Senate vote was 83-16, with all Senate Republicans and 28 Democrats voting in favor of the amendment.

Democrats who rejected it included Sens. Joe Lieberman (Conn.), Robert MenendezRobert MenendezCarson likely to roll back housing equality rule Live coverage: Tillerson's hearing for State Booker to join Foreign Relations Committee MORE (N.J.), and Barack ObamaBarack ObamaEx-Clinton aide: Spicer should have resigned rather than lie Zuckerberg moves spark 2020 speculation Crowd experts: Women’s march three times bigger than inauguration MORE (Ill.).