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 SessionsTop Dem wants FBI to investigate fake net neutrality comments Iran: Trump's travel ban 'racist' and 'unfair' Brooks’s prior attacks on Trump could hurt in Alabama Senate race 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 MenendezBipartisan group, Netflix actress back bill for American Latino Museum The Mideast-focused Senate letter we need to see Taiwan deserves to participate in United Nations MORE (N.J.), and Barack ObamaBarack ObamaCrime pays: How Michael Brown’s family cashed in Trump lawyer: Why isn't a special counsel investigating Obama? Overnight Finance: GOP divided over welfare cuts in budget | Lawmaker loses M on pharma stock he pitched | Yellen says another financial crisis unlikely in our lifetimes MORE (Ill.).