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McConnell: Senate Takes 'Important Step' Forward On Border Security

Location: Washington, DC

McConnell: Senate Takes 'Important Step' Forward On Border Security

Secure Fence Act passes first hurdle by vote of 94-0; debate on the bill likely to continue through next week

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell made the following statement Wednesday regarding the Senate's overwhelming vote to move forward on the Secure Fence Act of 2006:

"This is an important step, but not the last step, in securing our borders. The tools in this legislation, coupled with the increased appropriations for border security, will have a real impact on our national security now. Over the past two years, we've added thousands of new Border Patrol agents, nearly 10,000 new detention beds and hundreds of miles of fencing along the border. While my hope is to pass a comprehensive immigration reform, this legislation will take us much closer to the operational control of our border that our homeland security requires and provide law enforcement with the tools they need to get the job done."

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