Senate Passes Its Own Emergency Border Legislation After Rejecting House Bill

Table Top mountain Catalinas Ariz. in the distance

Table Top mountain Catalinas Ariz. in the distance

Viewer discretion is advised.

A divided House voted on Tuesday to send $4.5 billion in humanitarian aid to the border to address horrific conditions facing a crush of migrants, attaching significant rules on how the money could be spent in the first action by Democrats to rein in President Trump's immigration crackdown.

Several Democrats in the House of Representatives said the chamber was likely to vote later on Thursday on a $4.6 billion spending bill that was approved by the Senate on Wednesday. "The Senate has a better and more bipartisan way forward..."

President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi discussed the legislation Wednesday afternoon, with Pelosi calling the president to press for negotiations.

The Democrat-controlled House can push to pass its bill or compromise with the Senate in a conference committee.

Both chambers will now aim to work toward a bill that they can agree on before they break for July Fourth.

In the closed-door meeting early June 25, Pelosi urged them to rally strongly behind the legislation in hopes of increasing their leverage when they negotiate a compromise package with the Republican-run Senate.

"At the end of the day, we have to make sure that the resources needed to protect the children are available", Pelosi said in a statement.

From October 2018 to May 2019, almost 51,000 children were referred to the HHS, a 60 percent increase from past year, according to a Senate summary of the bill. "The situation down there, as we all know, is pretty dire".

"This is not the one we had hoped for, but it's the one I hope we're voting on today", Pelosi said on Thursday.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said the House bill is "inadequate".

Republicans said they preferred the $US4.6 billion Senate version of the bill, which has passed a committee on a bipartisan basis, and includes money - left out by the House - to pay overtime for Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees.

Andy Murray crashes back down to earth after early exit
French Open semi-finalist Konta needed 97 minutes to triumph in front of her home crowd, running out a 6-4, 7-6 (3) victor . Murray underwent hip surgery in January and there was a suggestion the two-time Wimbledon champion would have to retire.

Shelby cautioned the differences "are not that small". The White House had threatened to veto the House version. "Instead it funds effective humane alternatives to detention that have a proven record of success", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said ahead of the vote.

But despite the overwhelming 84-to-8 vote and a bipartisan sense of urgency to act, a struggle loomed with the House, which passed a different version of the spending bill yesterday that contains greater restrictions on the Trump Administration and is opposed by the White House. A message left with the White House Wednesday morning was not immediately returned.

"I don't think there's room for any threats here". "We want the children, weighing the equities, to have as much as they can get as soon as they can, but that doesn't mean the path of least resistance, which is what the Senate wants us to do". "They can easily take it up, put it on the president's desk and get his signature".

The battle over border funding has turned into a battle over money for ICE, with Democrats insisting Thursday on cuts to the agency's proposed budget in order to approve humanitarian assistance for children. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of MI and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.

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 bill does not fund any additional ICE detention beds, and prohibits officials from using any of the appropriated funds for other purposes.

The same provisions that helped win over progressive Democrats were denounced by House Republicans as "poison pills".

Rep. Adriano Espaillat, Democrat of NY, said it was "legislative malpractice" for the Senate to not pass the House bill.

"We can not tolerate the endangerment, abuse or smuggling of children", Trump said earlier Wednesday at an evangelical conference sponsored by the Faith and Freedom Coalition. "More children will die".

While speaking on the viral photo of a drowned migrant father and daughter in the Rio Grande, the president suggested such deaths wouldn't happen if Congress fixed the laws.

The young girl is tucked inside her father's shirt, her right arm around his neck as they lie near the shore.

Recommended News

  • Tennis greats applaud Barty's rise to No. 1

    Tennis greats applaud Barty's rise to No. 1

    It's an injury I've had since I was 16 years old and at certain times of year I need to be more careful with it. Her ability to play tennis was never an issue; she was a junior champion at Wimbledon in 2011.
    The Lakers could/should pursue these free agents, ranked from 1 to 14

    The Lakers could/should pursue these free agents, ranked from 1 to 14

    Surely some players would be willing to take pay cuts to join the Lakers in such a scenario, but depth would be a big problem. Anthony has not played since November 8 after the Houston Rockets announced that they'd be going in a different direction.

    3 World Series Contenders Nobody is Talking About

    Despite being loaded on offense, the Cardinals have been inefficient in 2019 and rank near the bottom-10 in runs and home runs. Louis has title-winning pedigree and are loaded offensively, but thus far simply haven’t delivered consistent results.
  • The US Open Final: Who Will Make it?

    The 34-year-old Swiss won the first two sets 6-4 and 7-5, forcing an injured and struggling Djokovic to retire in the third. If she’s at her best, then she’ll make it to the final and if she performs on the day the title will be hers.
    Concerns rise for German Chancellor Angela Merkel after another public shaking incident

    Concerns rise for German Chancellor Angela Merkel after another public shaking incident

    Mrs Merkel was previously filmed trembling while standing next to Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky eight days ago. She was offered a glass of water, but did not drink it - despite blaming the previous incident on dehydration.

    Jack Clarke Tottenham Personal Terms Tipped To Be Formality

    Clarke came through the youth system at the West Yorkshire club and made his first-team debut on 6 October past year against Brentford.
  • June heatwave expected to break national all-time temperature records in France

    June heatwave expected to break national all-time temperature records in France

    Tourists enjoy the summer temperatures on the Titlis mountain, on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, near Engelberg, Switzerland. Because such high temperatures are rare in France, most homes and many buildings do not have air conditioning.
    Brian Lara Admitted In Hospital On Tuesday

    Brian Lara Admitted In Hospital On Tuesday

    Former West Indies captain Brian Lara was taken to a hospital in Mumbai on Tuesday after suffering from chest pains. Brian Lara holds the highest individual score of an unbeaten 501 and is the only man to score 400 in a test match.
    Woman (21) killed by sharks while on family holiday

    Woman (21) killed by sharks while on family holiday

    Lindsey, 21, was enrolled at Loyola Marymount University after graduating from South Torrance High School, her father confirmed. The ministry said another government agency "issued precautionary advisories to the public" in response to the attack.
  • 39kg Of Cocaine Found On Plane Carrying Brazil President's Team To G20

    39kg Of Cocaine Found On Plane Carrying Brazil President's Team To G20

    At the time, President Jair Bolsonaro was aboard a separate plane, reportedly travelling ahead of the one in question. He said if the officer is found guilty, he would "be judged and convicted by law". 'He was working as a mule.
    England captain Houghton a 'major doubt' for Norway clash

    England captain Houghton a 'major doubt' for Norway clash

    In terms of characteristics she is a (Ruud) Van Nistelrooy, (Alan) Shearer, (Michael) Owen. Cameroon also dished out some rough challenges, and England's Toni Duggan was spat on.
    Family members, activists say Venezuela detains six military, police officials

    Family members, activists say Venezuela detains six military, police officials

    Maduro, whose 2018 re-election has been widely denounced as illegitimate, said he would take the U.N.'s concerns seriously. Venezuela is caught in an economic crisis and a political standoff between Maduro and Guaido.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.