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Bye bye, border fence funds

Good riddance.

A provision to build an additional 300 miles of pedestrian fence along the U.S.-Mexico border has been stripped out of a $42.8 billion spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security.

The provision by Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., was removed at the behest of House members from Texas, Arizona and California who called the fencing a waste of taxpayer money and an ineffective way to secure the border.

“We need to invest and secure our border and our land ports without being tied down to an amendment that is out of touch with border needs,” said Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, who spearheaded the effort to remove the provision DeMint tucked into a Senate spending bill earlier this year.

I’m not the biggest fan of Rep. Cuellar, but this is exactly the sort of thing I’d hoped he do once the Democrats got in the majority. Good on him, and on Rep. Ciro Rodriguez, for listening to their constituents.

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