House Passes Senate Measure to Fund Efforts at Southern Border

The House bill provides $934.5m for processing facilities

The House bill provides $934.5m for processing facilities

The bill allots $2.88 billion to Health and Human Services for safe shelter and care for detained children, $1.1 billion to Customs and Border Protection to build more processing facilities, $220 million to the Justice Department to process immigration cases and equip US Marshals at detention facilities, and $145 million for various military operations on the border.

The Hill reported that Democratic leaders are already whipping support for the bill, which allots $4.6 billion in border funding.

Democrats wanted to limit the time a child can be held in so-called "influx centres" by border patrol to 90 days "so they can safely be placed with family".

Changes unveiled Tuesday would require the Department of Homeland Security to establish new standards for care of unaccompanied immigrant children and a plan for ensuring adequate translators to assist migrants in their dealings with law enforcement.

She is reported to have spoken with Vice-President Mike Pence before the vote.

Facing extensive pressure and with the recess looming, Pelosi subsequently made a decision to reverse course.

"The children come first", Pelosi said in a message to colleagues.

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In last-minute talks with Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday, Pelosi had argued for four revisions to the legislation sought by liberal members of her Democrat caucus and created to improve the care for migrant children being held at the southwest U.S. border.

The legislation contains more than $1 billion to shelter and feed migrants detained by the border patrol and nearly $3 billion to care for unaccompanied migrant children who are turned over the Department of Health and Human Services.

An earlier House version of the bill, which passed in that chamber late Tuesday, was defeated the following day in the Senate on a 37-55 vote.

"It's not going to happen", he said.

"In the middle of this historic surge on the border, they want to claw back some of this badly needed money from the men and women on the front lines".

On top of the GOP opposition, which had been expected, fresh problems emerged for the speaker Thursday morning when moderates in the House Democratic caucus began to revolt, threatening to block a key procedural vote unless Pelosi put the Senate bill on the House floor. Debbie Lesko, R-Peoria, said in a statement after the vote. The administration had asked Congress two months ago for new emergency funding. The Senate measure provides about $4.6 billion in emergency supplemental funding for border security.

The White House said it opposes changes planned by the Democrats.

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The White House prefers the bipartisan measure approved overwhelmingly by the Senate. That's an abdication of power we should refuse to accept.

"We have time. We can stay in town".

But Pelosi ruled that out, telling reporters: "They pass their bill". But to pass it completely unamended with no House input?

Herrera Beutler disagreed with McConnell's characterization, saying she wouldn't go so far as to "impugn the motives" of the Democrats who passed the original legislation. The Democratic National Committee tweeted, "There. Is".

Pelosi rejected the bipartisan Senate measure Wednesday evening, but has since faced pressure from more moderate members of her own party to bring it up. Wouldn't they want to at least fight against contractors who run deplorable facilities?

Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer led the Senate Democrats' argument that Mr. Trump's "positions have been inconsistent, opaque, and sometimes even contradictory", and said that tensions between Iran and the US could rapidly escalate to a point of armed conflict without any input from Congress.

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If neither is accomplished, the humanitarian crisis will again be left waiting until after Congress' week-long July 4th recess. At the facility and nine stations across the Rio Grande Valley, the Border Patrol was holding 7,600 migrants Thursday, she said.

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