Senate Democrats on Tuesday foiled a Republican attempt to pass legislation that would defund President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration.
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The defunding language was added to a Department of Homeland Security funding bill last month. Even though Republicans run the Senate, there are only 54 Republicans, and 60 were needed to advance the bill.
But after a brief debate, the Senate voted 51-48, a vote that will force GOP leaders to figure out how pass the DHS spending bill before funding expires later this month. Every Democrat voted against it, and were joined by one Republican, Sen. Dean Heller (Nev.).