The Senate and House Appropriations Committees have both approved $4.5 billion in emergency funding measures to help alleviate the massive humanitarian crisis on our southwest border. Both bills are scheduled to be voted on next week ahead of their July 4 recess.
The differences in the two measures are the way the funds are allocated. The Senate bill corresponds more closely with the Trump administration's requests. The Democrat-controlled House measure contains stringent oversight demands and allocates fewer dollars to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), an agency that remains in the Democrats' cross hairs.
As reported by Politico.com, "The House bill provides $50 million less for the Executive Office of Immigration Review than the Senate measure, S. 1900 (116), and it leaves out $61 million that the Senate approved to remedy a pay shortfall at ICE; $3.7 million for ICE deportation costs; and $21.3 million for ICE investigations work."
Democrat lawmakers opposed to the bills are citing "landmines" -- and they refuse to give President Trump a "win" on the border. Proponents say the bills aren't perfect but are a necessary expense to help keep the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from extreme budget shortfalls due to the rising crisis on our southern border.
Senate Majority Leader McConnell wanted an additional $5 billion in funding for the border wall, but was shot down by Senate Democrats. In response, McConnell warned:
"There is only one way to fix this. Bipartisan legislation with supplemental border funding is what we need to do. So for everyone's sake, I think the entire country is hoping that Democrats remember their job is governing, not resisting,"
Grassfire is giving our team members the opportunity to make their voices heard on Capitol Hill on this important issue.
Fax the Senate And Support President Trump's Emergency Humanitarian Border Funding Request!
As reported by the New York Times, "The situation at the southwestern border — in May, more than 144,200 migrants were taken into custody there, the highest monthly total in 13 years."
While this $4.5 billion supplemental funding bill is a stop-gap measure, it is vital that Congress take action and provide ICE the tools they need to help curb the border crisis.
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