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Republicans Optimistic About Passing Trump’s $4.5B for the Border

The proposal stalled in Congress last month, but humanitarian aid contained in the bill could help it pass.

By NTK Staff | 06.13.2019 @10:30am
Republicans Optimistic About Passing Trump’s $4.5B for the Border

Republicans on Capitol Hill are optimistic about passing legislation to grant $4.5 billion in emergency funding for the U.S. border with Mexico, according to a new report from The Hill.

The bill would contain billions in humanitarian aid for the border, a much-needed inclusions from the Democrats’ point of view. The $4.5 billion was initially included in a disaster aid package but was pulled over Democrats’ objections.

According to The Hill, the legislation “faces plenty of hurdles ahead,” but its chances of making to Trump’s desk by the end of the month have suddenly improved.

Here’s what’s likely to be included:

The White House’s request includes $3.3 billion for humanitarian aid, which the administration says would be used to increase shelters and care for unaccompanied minors, in addition to processing arrivals. They’ve also asked for roughly $1.1 billion for other border operations like expanding the number of detention beds and providing more investigation resources.

Republicans will need to hit the 60-vote threshold to pass this legislation, meaning they need at least seven Democrats to back the bill to overcome the filibuster threat.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that finding the right dollar amount for the humanitarian aid is the “sweet spot” of the deal, noting that Democrats “are all for” about $3.4 billion going toward HHS and the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

Other Democrats appear less enthused, including Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), who claimed Republicans keep moving the goalposts.

“Most of this border stuff we could have passed weeks ago, but the Republicans kept saying ‘no’ because they kept getting conflicting words from the White House,” Leahy said, per The Hill.

The Senate is expected to move first on this legislation, followed by the House.

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