Congress Advances Border-Security Bill—Without Trump’s Wall

Congressional negotiators introduced legislation late Wednesday night that would fund the Department of Homeland Security and avert another partial government shutdown at the end of the week. The 1,159-page bill doesn’t contain any funding for President Trump’s beloved border wall, but does allocate $1.375 billion for “the construction of primary pedestrian fencing... in the Rio Grande Valley Sector.” The Senate and House plan to vote on, and pass, the measure Thursday, according to CNN. The legislation would fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year, as well as other federal agencies. Lawmakers are racing against a Friday deadline, when operating funds expire for DHS, and the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, and others. “This agreement denies funding for President Trump’s border wall and includes several key measures to make our immigration system more humane,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey.