Senate blocks White House-backed bill to end shutdown

BY JORDAIN CARNEY -

Senate Democrats blocked a White House–backed plan to end the 34-day partial shutdown, turning it down in a 50-47 vote on Thursday.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) joined with Republicans to advance the measure, but it fell short of the 60 votes needed to defeat a filibuster.

In an unexpected development, GOP Sens. Mike Lee (Utah) and Tom Cotton (Ark.) voted against Trump's plan. Lee is considered a fiscal hawk, and Cotton is one of the Senate’s most conservative members on immigration.

The Senate is expected to hold a second vote Thursday on a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the quarter of the government currently closed until Feb. 8. That bill is also expected to fail, though a few Republicans have said they will support it.

The measure backed by most Republicans would have provided $5.7 billion for President Trump’s proposed wall on the Mexican border and also would have let Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients and some temporary protected status holders apply for a three-year extension of protected status. The measure also placed new restrictions on asylum seekers.

See more: TheHill.com

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