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Casey To Back Bill To Fund Government, Not Border Wall

Katie Blackley

Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania says he'll vote against a bill reflecting President Donald Trump's demand for border wall funding in exchange for temporary protections for some immigrants. 

Casey, speaking Wednesday in suburban Harrisburg, said he supports a bill already passed by the Democratic-controlled House to reopen the government through Feb. 8. It doesn't allow money for a border wall.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled the two votes for Thursday, a day before some 800,000 federal workers could miss a second paycheck.

Casey says the first priority should be reopening the federal government.

He also says Trump should tell the truth about effective border security and that a border wall shouldn't be confused with border security when most drugs and bad actors get in through ports of entry.