- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 30, 2014

President Obama’s border-spending bill cleared a first filibuster hurdle in the Senate on Wednesday, barely squeaking across the line with the help of nearly a dozen Republicans.

The 63-33 vote means the Senate could officially begin debating the nearly $4 billion spending package — but the real action remains on the House side, where the GOP is pressing forward with a bill that spends less money, but includes major changes that would make it easier to deport the illegal immigrant children surging across the border.

That legislation will be taken up by the full House on Thursday.

Senate Democrats’ bill focuses chiefly on housing and caring for the children and families from Central America, and on trying to improve conditions in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

Two Democrats in tough re-election races — Sens. Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana — joined 31 Republicans in voting against Mr. Obama’s request for money.

• Stephen Dinan can be reached at sdinan@washingtontimes.com.

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