A bi-partisan group of Senators on the Senate Appropriations Committee have reached a deal on President Trump’s request for emergency funds to deal with the growing crisis on our southern border.
The deal which was worked out between Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby and Sen. Patrick Leahy, the top Democrat on the panel, comes after weeks of stalemate due to partisan divisions.
The agreement is expected to be marked up and sent to the full Senate for a vote prior to the July fourth recess.
The deal, which Trump had requested weeks ago, came back from the dead after Republicans agreed to take up the bill, The Hill reports:
Without an agreement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had threatened to force a vote next week in an attempt to make Democrats go on the record blocking humanitarian aid.
“Senator Shelby and I met yesterday, the day before, we spent several hours in the airplane today talking, so,” Leahy said.
The Senate’s $4.5 billion package is expected to include billions in humanitarian aid for the border, including money to shore up the Department of Health and Human Services’s (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement. Senators and administration officials had warned that without more money the office would run out of funding by early next month.
It’s about time Senate Republicans got tough on border enforcement. The border is spiraling out of control and the humanitarian and national security crisis there needs to be addressed immediately.
Kudos to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for at last forcing the issue. After all Democrats would look pretty bad if the Government of Mexico was doing more to help solve the problem at the border than they are.
Maybe now there can be a real bi-partisan effort to solve this problem before the next election cycle really gets going in full swing.
It’s not too late and if Democrats want to convince the American people they’re fit to govern they should prove it, and work with the GOP and the President to fix the crisis on the border.
Author: Steve Straub
Source: The Federalist Papers: Senators Reach Deal on Trump’s Emergency Border Request, ‘$4.5 Billion’