The Senate Reverses Course and Votes to Fund Border Fence

The Senate looked like a bunch of fools last month when the they approved the border fence but then refused to fund it. Yesterday they finally voted to fund the fence.

The Senate did an abrupt about-face yesterday, voting overwhelmingly to begin paying for 370 miles of fencing and 500 miles of vehicle barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border, just three weeks after voting against the same spending.

The amendment’s sponsor said senators were so embarrassed by that July 13 vote that most felt they had to reverse course and vote for it this time — especially after so many were on record in May voting to build the fence in the first place. The amendment, which provides nearly $2 billion for the project, passed 94-3, with 66 senators switching from “no” to “yes” votes since last month.

They should have been embarrassed. The American people overwhelmingly support a border fence.

Why Did They Do That?
Gringos with Katyushas


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