U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defied her party Wednesday, voting against a bill to end the partial government shutdown — on the grounds that the proposal would fund Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and border security.
Nevertheless, the bill, backed by the Democratic Party’s leadership, passed 234-180. Every House Democrat – except Ocasio-Cortez – fell in line to vote for it, and the measure even attracted the support of 10 House Republicans.
Most Republicans opposed the measure because it came up short on President Trump’s demands regarding the border wall by providing only $1.6 billion for border security-related initiatives — far short of the more than $5 billion Trump was seeking.
But Ocasio-Cortez justified her vote against the bill because it included funding of federal immigration authorities.
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