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(Headline USA) Despite framing their latest spending bonanza as a triump of bipartisan negotiations, Senate Democrats failed even to get three of their own party members to support it.

A 52-47 vote Tuesday blocked Democrat efforts to push the measure past a procedural hurdle and begin Senate-floor debate on the $10 billion COVID-19 compromise.

All 50 Republicans opposed the move, leaving the measure 13 votes short of the 60 needed to prevail.

RINOs, led by Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, had touted the deal, claiming it would use existing pandemic allocations rather than dipping farther into the national coffers.

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But Democrats refused to budge on renewing additional immigration protections as a Trump-era pandemic rule is due to expire on May 23, leading to an expected flood of potentially infected migrants—not to mention other national security risks.

Hours earlier, Republicans said they’d withhold crucial support for the measure unless Democrats agreed to votes on an amendment preventing President Joe Biden from lifting Title 42, a pandemic-driven policy that restricts migrants from entering the U.S.

“I think there will have to be” an amendment preserving the immigration protections “in order to move the bill” bolstering $10 billion spending bill, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters.

At least 10 GOP votes will be needed in the 50-50 Senate for the measure to reach the 60 votes it must have for approval. Republicans could withhold that support until Democrats permit a

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