Dems to propose changes to Senate border bill

Thursday, 04 Jul, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed Tuesday morning that Democrats will bring the border aid bill to the floor Tuesday, and she expects it to pass. "After much delay and highly politicized rhetoric, I'm glad that House Democrats finally came to the table to work with Republicans to address this crisis".

Ahead of a possible House vote Thursday, McConnell said "it is crystal-clear" that some of the Democratic demands "would drag this bipartisan bill way back to the left and jeopardize the Shelby-Leahy consensus product that unified the Senate and is so close to becoming law".

House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey, a Democrat from NY, unveiled proposed changes on Tuesday morning to the border aid bill, including strengthening requirements for the care of migrants in government custody and setting a time limit of 90 days for unaccompanied children to stay in temporary shelters.

"They pass their bill, we respect that", Pelosi said Wednesday. "So whatever he wants to do, he has to know, the public will know that he came down against the interest of the children". "At the end of the day, we have to make sure that the resources needed to protect the children are available", she wrote in a letter to her caucus earlier Thursday.

"It's a blink, not a cave", said a senior Democratic aide, defending her decision.

The strain on the border mushroomed into a crisis in recent weeks as migration numbers surged.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan postponed a 4 p.m. EDT news conference that had been scheduled to discuss the border funding bill as it moves through Congress, according to a DHS official.

The bill does not alter immigration policy or provide funding for Trump's proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico.

Border apprehensions hit their highest level in more than a decade in May, straining resources and creating chaotic scenes at overcrowded border patrol facilities. "We have already negotiated a broadly supported bipartisan funding bill".

They had 120 staff, but have added 600 to handle the influx of migrant families, Qualia said.

That made the stakes on Capitol Hill all the more significant.

The two political parties had been battling over border funding for months.

Although broadly similar, the Senate version is less extensive in regulating the care of detained children. The government warns that money runs out in a matter of days.

The vote was 305-to-102 and the legislation heads to Trump, who is expected to sign it.

Pence and Pelosi had an hour-long conversation on the legislation Thursday as the White House and Republicans kept pounding the message that the only way forward on the long-sought legislation was to pass the Senate bill. The Republican-controlled Senate overwhelmingly passed the bill Wednesday in an 84-8 vote after rejecting an earlier House version backed by progressive and Hispanic lawmakers.

"I'm looking for a new pharmaceutical drug that builds spine", said Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash. During a debate on Wednesday night, numerous Democratic candidates called for an overhaul of USA immigration laws and about 12 of them are set to visit a Florida facility this week. Ironically, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) compared the migrant shelters and holding facilities to concentration camps, yet she supported a protest against the company Wayfair when the Trump administration announced it had paid that company to purchase better furniture for migrant children.

"This situation is child abuse". This puts Pelosi in a tough position. Someone who did not support the bill, however, is Democratic Congressman Mark Pocan.

(4) As for "hurting kids", AOC is on the record opposing all proposed legislative solutions to the border crisis. "And if there's some improvements that we think can be reconciled". But House Democrats wanted to give a shot with their own legislation.