House Passes Senate Version of Border Security Bill

The House passed the Senate version of the border security bill in a 305 to 102 vote on Thursday, sending the legislation to the Oval Office.

The House of Representatives passes a Senate approved, bipartisan border security bill despite backlash from far-left lawmakers in the lower chamber.

The House passed the measure on Thursday in a 305 to 102 vote, just one day after the Senate passed the bill in a sweeping 84 to 8 vote.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell touted the legislation following the vote saying, “The Shelby-Leahy legislation has unified the Appropriations Committee. It has unified the Senate. The administration would sign it into law.”

McConnell continued by urging his House colleagues to pass the “unifying” bill to ensure it would arrive in the Oval Office for President Trump’s signature before the next congressional recess next week.

The White House released a statement earlier this week saying it would veto the House version of the border bill in the unlikely event it passed the Senate.

According to the statement, the House version would undermine U.S. national security and threaten the safety of Americans across the country.

In the House version of the border bill, lawmakers in the lower chamber pushed for more protections for migrants at border and a significant reduction in funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Meanwhile, both chambers sculpted their own versions of the bill and passed them this week, though McConnell made it clear early on the Senate would not pass the House version.

President Trump took to twitter touting the bipartisan effort to alleviate the crisis at the border saying, “Now we must work to get rid of the Loopholes and fix Asylum.”

The president is expected to sign the bill into law when it reaches his desk.

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