Senate Okays Pryor Proposal to Strengthen Border

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Beefing up on the border with Mexico with billions of dollars of security improvements and new hires, as proposed by U.S. Senator Mark Pryor, has drawn the backing of the U.S. Senate.  The chamber yesterday approved a measure co-sponsored by the Democrat from Arkansas that was originally a part of the failed immigration-reform measure.

Pryor teamed up with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina to offer the measure in a bipartisan effort to recover part of the immigration measure that members could agree upon.  According to Pryor's office, the Senate voted 89-to-1 to add $3 billion to the homeland security appropriation bill.  Lawmakers say the measure increases their chances of overriding President Bush's promised veto of the homeland security spending bill, which now totals $38 billion.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)