Senate Approves Emergency Aid For Southern Border

Friday, 28 Jun, 2019

'And as a mother five and a grandmother of nine I just feel that way about all children, ' the speaker added.

From October 2018 to May 2019, almost 51,000 children were referred to the HHS, a 60 percent increase from a year ago, according to a Senate summary of the bill.

Senate Republicans and the White House describe such provisions as non-starters that would prevent the House Democratic bill from ever becoming law, and they accused Democrats of playing politics with people's lives.

But Democratic leaders had to work to secure votes for the bill from progressive lawmakers anxious the Trump administration might use the funds for other purposes, such as deportation of migrants.

The Senate will vote on its own version of a humanitarian aid measure next.

The two chambers will have to agree on a final version of legislation to send to President Donald Trump to sign into law.

Democratic leaders are set to convene early June 27 and Pelosi's spokesman says they plan to push the amended measure through the House quickly.

"As the chair has previously advised the unanimous consent request can not be entertained", Jackson Lee said after each request.

But Democrats say it gives the administration too much latitude to spend money in ways they oppose, and does not do enough to ensure protections for migrants in US care. But Senate Republicans and the Trump administration oppose the changes.

'The president was seeing well disposed to some of what we were posing.

"I don't want to see another picture like that on the US border", he said.

The Republican-controlled Senate has rejected a bill created to send aid to the U.S. border, a day after the world reacted with shock over an image of a drowned migrant family.

"Hell no", she continued. But Pelosi rejected that idea and reportedly urged President Trump in a phone conversation to support a negotiation. We have already negotiated a broadly supported bipartisan funding bill. "One step at a time", Pelosi, D-Calif., said.

The 84-8 vote came amid renewed scrutiny of the Trump administration's treatment of minors in its custody and amid widespread revulsion over the deaths of a father and daughter from El Salvador who perished trying to cross the Rio Grande River into the United States.

The young girl is tucked inside her father's shirt, her right arm around his neck as they lie near the shore. She got back. He couldn't save her and he couldn't save himself.

McConnell, in the meantime, asked the House to pass the Senate version of the bill. ← BIPARTISAN. If Senators Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin, and Dianne Feinstein voted yes, why are House Democrats just playing politics?

Thursday's outcome was a victory for McConnell, who vowed that the GOP-held Senate would kill any "partisan" House changes that the Democratic-controlled House passed, and he appeared to hold a strong hand.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi abruptly backed down Thursday from her push to include restrictions on immigration enforcement in a must-pass border funding bill, moving instead to bring a bipartisan Senate version for a vote following intense pressure from Republicans and moderates in her own party.

Leading Democrats in the House of Representatives said the chamber was likely to vote later on Thursday on the spending bill, which was approved by the Senate on Wednesday.

Republican Sen. Richard Shelby, the chair of the Senate Appropriations committee, told reporters after the Senate passed its border funding bill that if the House and Senate try to reconcile their two border aid bills,"there's a lot of differences that need to be dealt with".

Both House and Senate measures 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. House Democrats have pushed for stricter requirements to provide better medical and housing conditions for children. It rejects an administration request for additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention beds, however, and contains provisions created to prevent federal immigration agents from going after immigrants living in the country illegally who seek to care for unaccompanied children.