Washington: The US Senate on Thursday cast sufficient votes to block a bill backed by President Donald Trump that would have ended a record-long partial federal government shutdown by funding the wall he wants to build on the US-Mexico border.
Even as voting continued, enough senators had voted against the measure to deprive it of the 60 votes needed for it to advance in the 100-member chamber.
Upon completion of the tally, the Senate was set to vote on a competing measure from Democrats that would reopen government agencies until 8 February, giving Trump and Congress more time to negotiate over border security funding.
The Senate is also expected to block that bill.
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Updated Date: Jan 25, 2019 17:21:15 IST