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Coats, Donnelly split votes on immigration funding

U.S. senators from Indiana were on opposite sides Wednesday in a procedural vote to advance a bill that would provide emergency supplemental funds for addressing the exodus of Central American children to the United States.

The Senate voted 63-33 to begin debating a $3.6 billion spending package to boost southern border immigration services, fight Western wildfires and to aid Israel?'s missile defense system.

Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., voted in favor of advancing the legislation, while Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., voted against the measure.

Fifty Democrats, two independents and 11 Republicans voted to proceed to debate on the spending bill, and 31 Republicans and two Democrats opposed the move.