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 SessionsSessions: Some judges ‘using the law to advance an agenda’ Sessions on Flynn: ‘You don’t catch everything’ House panel refers Clinton server company for prosecution 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 MenendezTaiwan deserves to participate in United Nations The way forward on the Iran nuclear deal under President Trump Corruption trial could roil NJ Senate race MORE (N.J.), and Barack ObamaBarack ObamaTrump blames Obama for vetting of Flynn Microsoft hires former FTC commissioner Let’s never talk about a government shutdown — ever again MORE (Ill.).