WASHINGTON–U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, on Thursday released the following statement after the Senate voted against the motion to proceed on the bipartisan border bill:

“Today's vote is more evidence that Republicans just see the border as a political issue, not as a problem to be fixed.. If Republicans were serious about solving this problem, they would have at least voted to allow debate on the toughest bipartisan border security bill in a generation. Americans want us to work together on a solution, but today’s vote proves that only one party is interested in actually doing its job.”