August 12th, 2010
11:36 AM ET

Senate approves $600 million in border security funds

CNN Wire Staff

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Two senators - Democrats Charles Schumer of New York and Ben Cardin of Maryland - returned from their August recess Thursday to give the chamber's approval for $600 million in emergency funding to help secure the U.S.-Mexico border.

The measure, which has already been approved by the House of Representatives, now advances to President Barack Obama's desk to be signed into law.

The bill passed by unanimous consent, a parliamentary term for a voice vote that doesn't require the return of the entire Senate chamber. GOP leaders had agreed to the maneuver.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. LaVerne L. Oliver

    Hope the 600 million reaches the front lines and doesn't disappear enroute.

    August 12, 2010 at 7:13 pm |
  2. sandra warner

    600 million could be better spent on homeland security, FAA,Firedepartment ,Police it,s a joke board patrol why dont we just say NO you get in no, free rent,food,houseing,eduction ,no citizenship,social security,for you born child! we are the only country that I know of that does that gives birth and automaticaly your a citizen of that country we are just so so stupid !

    August 12, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  3. Way Out West

    Gee, I'm glad they can take down those big bad signs that scare away the boogie man. It's about time they wake up and defend our border. Next time DOD should foot the bill.

    August 12, 2010 at 2:31 pm |
  4. Annie Kate

    I'm glad to see that the Congress/Senate can still get something done. I hope this will be a much needed fix for immigration security and not just a band-aid. Sounds good on paper.

    August 12, 2010 at 1:50 pm |
  5. Nyak Gala

    About the passing of this law for the border security. I believe it is something that is passed due and good for them for finally seeing what is happening at their borders. The stories heard are true about what they do at the border to people. In any way shape or form should a pewrson ever use their authority to sabotage or humiliate another. As we all know it is in the truth that we are all set free and can lead lives without predujice or ridicule. A good step forward.

    August 12, 2010 at 1:19 pm |