Senate to debate ‘clean’ DHS funding bill

US Capitol 2By The Iowa Statesman


The U.S. Senate voted today 98-2 to go forward with debate of a “clean” Department of Homeland Security funding bill this afternoon. The Senate bill will be at odds with a bill approved by the House, which frequently happened when Republicans and Democrats split control over the two chambers of Congress.

According to The Hill, Democrats agreed to support the DHS bill after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stripped out provisions inserted by the House that would reverse President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. The only votes against proceeding to the bill came from Sens. James Inhofe (R-OK) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL).

The Senate could take a final vote on the DHS bill Thursday. If approved, it would go back to the House, where it faces an uncertain future.