House passes border bill, sends to President Trump's desk
Hard-fought legislation that gives President Donald Trump 55 additional miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border - short of what he requested - is on the way to his desk after a bipartisan House vote.
The bill also closes a chapter by preventing a second government shutdown at midnight Friday and by providing $333 billion to finance several Cabinet agencies through September.
Louisiana Congressman Ralph Abraham voted against the spending bill.
"This bill limits the number of illegal immigrants we can detain and falls well short of adequate funding for a border wall. I couldn't vote for something that's going to dictate to the President whether or not he can protect our borders and keep our country safe."
He also said that he supports President Trump's intent to declare a national emergency to help build a border wall.
"If President Trump needs to declare a national emergency to keep out the drugs and gangs, so be it because it's pretty clear that Democrats' only goal is to score political points with their radical open-borders base, even if it means sacrificing national security."
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