U.S. Democrats set bills seeking to overturn Trump travel ban

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By Patricia Zengerle | WASHINGTON

WASHINGTON Democratic U.S. senators tried to
force a vote on a bill to rescind President Donald Trump’s order
banning travel from seven Muslim-majority nations on Monday, but
were blocked by a Republican lawmaker.

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said she had 27
co-sponsors of a bill to rescind the order Trump signed on
Friday, but under Senate rules it takes only one member to
prevent a vote.

Republican Senator Tom Cotton blocked consideration of the
measure.

It would have faced a difficult fight for passage in the
Senate, where Trump’s fellow Republicans hold a 52-48 seat
majority.

Trump’s directive on Friday put a 120-day hold on allowing
refugees into the country, an indefinite ban on refugees from
Syria and a 90-day bar on citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya,
Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

The president argues that his action will protect Americans,
but critics say it illegally singles out Muslims, violating U.S.
law, and defiles America’s historic reputation as a welcoming
place for immigrants.

More than 160 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives
introduced legislation in that chamber to defund and rescind
Trump’s order. But that measure is unlikely to advance in the
House, where Republicans hold a 240-193 seat advantage, larger
than their advantage in the Senate.



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