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Trump’s plan to fund wall and reopen government blocked in Senate

The plan did not receive the 60 votes needed to pass the plan

The U.S. Capitol building as seen on Friday, June 15, 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Senate defeated President Donald Trump's border security plan 50-47 on a procedural vote designed to re-open the government. The measure required 60 votes to pass.

The procedural vote came on an amendment offered by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to a spending measure that combined seven appropriations bills that would have ended the shutdown and provided money for border security, disaster aid and several immigration policy changes.

Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., voted yes on the president’s plan, while Tom Cotton, R.-Ark., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, voted no. 

The Senate will next vote on an amendment to the same spending bill by Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., that would re-open government through Feb. 8.

That bill omits Trump's latest funding request for a border wall and provides $14.2 billion in disaster aid, a measure that already passed the House.

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