Senate blocks DHS funding bill for third time

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WASHINGTON –For the third day in a row, Senate Democrats blocked Republicans from beginning debate on a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, which will run out of money Feb. 27. The vote was 52-47. All Democrats and Republican Sen. Dean Heller voted against the measure because they oppose immigration-related amendments added to the bill when it cleared the GOP-controlled House.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell voted no for procedural reasons because it will allow him to bring it up for a forth time if he chooses to.