US Congress approves budget bill for border wall funding

The Congress of the United States early Friday approved a $1.3 trillion spending bill, which includes a budget increase for the Pentagon and funding for a border wall with Mexico.

The Senate, with 65 votes in favor and 32 against, endorsed the bill, which had been approved on Thursday in the lower house with 256 votes in favor and 167 against.


Trump was expected to ratify the project before midnight on Friday, which is when the current funds expire, to avoid a third partial government shutdown.

The budget bill approved in Congress with the backing of the Democratic leaders includes a $1.6 bmillion budget for the construction of US President Donald Trump’s long-desired border wall with Mexico.

The amount approved, however, is far from the $25 billion requested by the president.

The budget plan also allocates some $66 billion for the Pentagon, raising the US military budget to $700 billion.

Despite prior resistance from Democrats, the bill makes no mention of the so-called “Dreamers,” undocumented immigrants who arrived in the US as minors, who have been at risk of deportation since Trump repealed DACA, the Obama-era policy which protected the dreamers from being deported.

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