Congress on Tuesday handed a $4.5 billion border funding bill in a win for Speaker Nancy Pelosi. It consists of provisions for the treatment of migrant children in U.S. custody. It sets up a showdown with the GOP-controlled Senate, and President Trump has threatened to veto the bill even when it does go the Senate.
A senior House Democratic aide told CBS News the bill contains $934.5 million for processing facilities, including meals, water, sanitary items, blankets, medical services, and safe transportation. It additionally contains $866 million to cut back reliance on influx shelters to accommodate kids and 200 million for an integrated, multi-agency processing center pilot program for households and unaccompanied youngsters, with participation by non-profit organizations.
The bill also contains oversight provisions to hold the administration accountable for the circumstances at migrant facilities and provides no money for border wall funding.
The bill passed 230-195. Four Democrats — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib — voted against the bill. They stated Sunday they’d not vote for it as long as it funded Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Three Republicans — Reps. Chris Smith of New Jersey, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania and Will Hurd of Texas — voted with Democrats. Hurd’s district in Texas runs along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Throughout the day Tuesday, the House Democratic management made numerous modifications to accommodate issues of Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Congressional Progressive Caucus members. Changes included measures to increase accountability for contractors operating shelters and tighten standards for care of unaccompanied minors.