A $4.5 billion Deal Has Been Reached For Trump’s Emergency Border Funds Request To Be Used For Humanitarian Aid, Not Wall
The Senate Appropriations Committee has reached a deal for President’s Trump request for $4.5 billion for humanitarian aid at the U.S.-Mexico border.
$3.3 billion set to be used for humanitarian aid like processing new arrivals, more shelters and care for unaccompanied minors. $1.1 billion will go towards operations including more beds and personnel. $178 million will be used for border technology upgrades and law enforcement payment adjustments, according to Bloomberg News.
Trump’s original proposal included funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, The Hill reported.
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-vt.) and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), the top Democrats on the panel, agreed on the emergency border funds request.
“For weeks Republicans have asked for an emergency funding bill to help fix the worsening border crisis,” said Rep. Steve Scalise in a tweet on Saturday before the agreement.(R-La).
The Senate Appropriations Committee is set to vote on the funds request before July 4, funds will also be sent to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
“We wanted to set aside $5 billion weeks ago to deal with the humanitarian crisis at the border, but Democrats insisted on stripping out,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel (R-Ky).
In May, 11, 507 unaccompanied children crossed the U.S.- Mexico border. The majority of children are transferred to the HHS for medical care, food and shelter, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
“We are running out of money,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar who uses the funding to provide shelter and care for minors. Administration officials urged lawmakers to strike a deal because they could run out of money by the end of the month, according to HHS.
“We’ll see if our Democratic colleagues are finally ready to put partisanship aside and get to ‘yes’,” said McConnel.
In order to overcome a filibuster on the Senate floor, Republicans will need at least seven Democrats to reach the 60-vote threshold.