Border security bill clears procedural vote in U.S. House

WASHINGTON Fri Aug 1, 2014 7:15pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A $694 million bill to further secure the U.S. border with Mexico, amid a flood of Central American migrants, cleared a procedural vote in the House of Representatives on Friday.

By a vote of 218-191, the Republican-controlled House paved the way for debate and a final vote on passage of the bill later on Friday.

No Democrats voted in favor of advancing the controversial legislation.

(Reporting By Richard Cowan and David Lawder; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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