Donald Trump’s plan to fund US-Mexico border wall, end partial govt shutdown falls short in Senate

The US Senate blocked a bill backed by President Donald Trump that would have ended the federal government shutdown by funding the US-Mexico border wall

Reuters January 25, 2019 17:20:50 IST
Donald Trump’s plan to fund US-Mexico border wall, end partial govt shutdown falls short in Senate

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.

Donald Trumps plan to fund USMexico border wall end partial govt shutdown falls short in Senate

File photo of US president Donald Trump. AP

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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