Elise Foley
The Washington Independent
August 6, 2010

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The Senate passed a $600 million border security bill last night by voice vote, just before leaving for August recess. The bill, introduced Thursday afternoon by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), funds 1,500 new enforcement agents and additional unmanned drones along the border.

Some Republicans were initially reluctant to support the bill. John McCain (R-Ariz.) attempted to amend the bill to add provisions from the 10-point border security plan he co-wrote with fellow Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl (R). The McCain-Kyl plan would have been funded out of the 2009 stimulus budget, which critics said would hurt middle class families. (The bill passed last night is fully paid for through increases in visa fees for foreign companies that help bring temporary skilled workers to the U.S.)

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Schumer rejected the amendments, but McCain agreed to support the bill anyway.

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