As predicted, the House of Representatives, in a 230 to 195 vote, passed a $4.5 billion supplemental border-funding bill on Tuesday after making last minute changes to gain the support of progressive and Latino members of the House per The Hill. The bill heads to the president, where a veto is postulated, and the upper chamber, where a battle is expected since the Senate will reintroduce its own bill.
The House passed a $4.5 billion border funding bill in a 230-195 vote on Tuesday after last-minute changes were made to the legislation to sway progressive and Latino lawmakers who previously weren’t on board.
The Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance and Security at the Southern Border Act, which aims to provide humanitarian aid and address the flow of migrants, faces a veto threat from the White House and an uphill battle in the upper chamber, which is slated to bring up its own border bill as soon as Tuesday.
An amendment to the just-passed bill, unveiled by the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday morning, added provisions that would require Customs and Border Protection to enact health standards for individuals in custody, including implementing standards for both adults and children for “medical emergencies; nutrition, hygiene, and facilities; and personnel training.”
Language was also added requiring the Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary to submit a plan to ensure translation services are accessible to immigrants, alert Congress when there is insufficient space at state-licensed facilities and place a time limit on the amount of time unaccompanied minors can spend at an influx shelter.
And an update to the manager’s amendment was made Tuesday afternoon that would amend the bill to bar the HHS secretary from waiving requirements for contractors running influx shelters. It also added $2 million “to the Executive Office for Immigration Review for continued operation of the Immigration Court Helpdesk Program, which provides services to address the needs of immigrants in removal proceedings.”
In a meeting late Monday evening, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) met with hesitant members that resulted in the changes in order to secure a majority vote. “Concerns over reports of unsanitary conditions and a lack of resources, including water, diapers, toothbrushes, food and soap, have amplified in recent weeks, with members from both sides of the aisle calling for action.”
“Today we have the opportunity to help the children at the border. This is a very important vote. It is not an immigration bill, so we cannot make any immigration promises in the bill. It is an appropriations bill, saying to the world, these children — they don’t have hygiene, they are not, in many cases, in their parents’ arms. We can make a big difference for them,” Pelosi said during a Democratic Caucus meeting on Tuesday, according to a senior Democratic aide.
“The Senate has a good bill. Our bill is much better. But if we are going to prevail, we have to have a good, strong vote. You can find fault with any bill that comes down the pike, but we must respect the bill for what is does rather criticize it for what it does not,” she added.
This is rich coming from Pelosi. The Democrats are famous for their support of murdering babies in the womb in a murder-for-hire scenario, infanticide or their position of during birth/post birth abortion, and gun confiscation to prevent mass shootings under the mantra “Not one more child”. These politicians destroyed families with their expansion of entitlement programs and turned their back on homeless families with children. Yet, this same political party has passed a $4.5 billion supplemental border-funding bill in the name of “children”. They care not about “the children” but care only for getting votes and maintaining power. There are many American citizen children who lack proper hygiene due to circumstances beyond their control, go hungry every day and night as their parents struggle while living in tents and cars, and lack the resources these politicians appropriated funds to benefit non-citizens.
And, if anyone thinks it is only the children that will benefit, they are willfully ignorant of Democrat plans. Republicans, as well, abandoned American citizens and their children who suffer under the same conditions as the non-citizens at the border. Furthermore, both parties legislated unconstitutionally to provide aid to these illegal alien invaders since the Constitution does not authorize Congress to appropriate money for illegal alien invaders.
True to form, Republicans in the House slammed Democrats for politicizing an issue by passing legislation the president will not sign during a “time of crisis”.
According to The Hill, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) scolded Pelosi when speaking with reporters.
“You’ve got Border Patrol agents right now that are spending their money out of their own pockets to buy diapers for these young kids because the agency’s out of money, and Speaker Pelosi won’t bring a bill to the floor to address this crisis. Stop playing games. Stop playing games with the young kids,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) told reporters Tuesday.
“Sure, you might have disagreements with the president. We’re not even talking about the broader issue of solving this problem and ending the magnet that’s bringing these kids here illegally,” he added.
Scalise is correct. There is a magnet that is bringing these illegal alien invaders into this country. The American people know what that magnet is, but the knowledge escapes Congress; or, does it?
“Top GOP lawmakers argued Democrats should take up legislation that overwhelmingly passed out of committee in the Senate, noting that while they believe the upper chamber’s bill is imperfect, it would temporarily address pressing needs.”
The Hill continued:
“The Senate has shown what adult supervision can do, with bipartisanship to get it done. In the house, if she puts the Senate bill on the floor, which is not the total solution to the problem, she will get a bipartisan vote,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said at a press conference.
Republicans also expressed concerns over language in the House bill related to restrictions on detention facilities, with others arguing they don’t feel it allocates enough funds to address needs at the border or underlying problems.
“Frankly, I don’t think the Senate bill does the job that needs to be done. At this point, if you’re just throwing money at the problem, which we do need to provide resources for the kids and make sure they’re fully safe,” Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas), a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, told The Hill.
“We’re going to end up putting gasoline on the fire because you’re going to just continue to encourage cartels to bring more people process them quickly, catch and release more, and just make the problem continue to grow,” he added.
Rep. Roy partially gets it since he recognized that this House legislation would continue encouraging an influx of illegal alien invaders and cartels to bring people into the US illegally. He fails to understand that the government of the united States owes nothing to any illegal alien invader who chooses to violate our immigration law. Yes, it is a sad affair where the children are concerned. And, yes, it is a humanitarian crisis. But, consider for a moment why that is so.
Children are sent to our southern border by their own parents escorted by coyotes and are victim to multiple levels of abuse. The parents do it in hopes of getting a “fast-track” into the US. Upon arrival, they qualify for entitlement programs and free healthcare. Our Congress legislates to provide almost unlimited resources to illegal alien invaders in exchange for votes for Democrats and cheap labor for Republican corporate donor handlers. The legislation, under the guise of “humanitarian aid”, is selfish in nature to benefit political parties at the expense of the American taxpayer. See what kind of treatment Americans receive if entering a foreign country illegally. It certainly isn’t the “red carpet” treatment.
The question now is will Trump sign any legislation that does not include any funds for border security. It’s interesting the Congress can legislate $4.5 billion in “humanitarian aid” for illegal alien invaders, but cannot provide any funding to build a wall, increase border patrol agents, and other measures to secure our border. Actually, it’s par for the course. It’s time that course was changed.
Article posted with permission from The Washington Standard
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