Kyl, McCain, other border-state Senators fight border fence mandate

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The fact that the government has built only 32 of the 700 miles-of double-layer fencing that Congress initially mandated in 2006 is partly the result of the amendment that Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) slipped into the omnibus appropriations bill enacted in December 2007.

“There was certainly some bureaucratic wiggle room, and they used it,” [Rep. Duncan] Hunter said.

That appropriations bill also required DHS to consult with local entities before beginning construction in order “to minimize the impact on the environment, culture, commerce, and quality of life” for local communities and residents.

Hutchison’s amendment easing the border-fence mandate was co-sponsored by other border state senators, including John Cornyn (R.-Texas), Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), John McCain (R.-Ariz.) Pete Domenici (R-N.M.), Jeff Bingaman (D.-N.M.), Dianne Feinstein (D.-Calif.), and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.).

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