Path to Compromise Unclear as Lawmakers Debate Immigration

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans put Democrats on record for a second time Wednesday against legislation combining Homeland Security funding with rollbacks of President Barack Obama’s immigration policies. But there was little evidence Congress was any closer to a solution to fund the department past Feb. 27 as that deadline approaches.

The vote in the Senate was 53 to 47, similar to Tuesday’s vote on a similar procedural measure, and well short of the 60 votes that would be needed to open debate on a House-passed Homeland Security measure. The bill would pay for the Homeland department through Sept. 30, the end of the current budget year, and undo Obama’s executive actions limiting deportations for millions of people who are in the United States illegally.

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