Pelosi reverses on border bill, plans vote on Senate version after GOP pressure

Fox News | 6/28/2019 | Adam Shaw
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly had a tense meeting with Democrats who feel the emergency border funding bill does not do enough to address the humanitarian crisis.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi abruptly backed down Thursday from her push to include restrictions on immigration enforcement in a must-pass border funding bill, moving instead to bring a bipartisan Senate version for a vote following intense pressure from Republicans and moderates in her own party.

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At stake is a critical $4.5 billion bill to combat the humanitarian crisis at the southern border, which lawmakers want to pass before Congress leaves for the July 4 recess. The Senate already approved its bill 84-8 on Wednesday, after rejecting an earlier House version.

But until Thursday afternoon, the left-wing faction of the Democratic caucus was still driving an effort to insert restrictions on enforcement back into the Senate bill before they would consider it. With the clock ticking, Pelosi reversed course.

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“In order to get resources to the children fastest, we will reluctantly pass the Senate bill. As we pass the Senate bill, we will do so with a Battle Cry as to how we go forward to protect children in a way that truly honors their dignity and worth,” she wrote in a letter to colleagues.

Liberal members fumed over the decision, which will likely lead to a coalition of Democratic moderates and Republicans voting in favor of the bill.

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"Under no circumstances should the House vote for a McConnell-only bill w/ no negotiation with Democrats. **** no," Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., tweeted. "That’s an abdication of power we should refuse to accept. They will keep hurting kids if we do."

The House vote, likely later on Thursday, would ease a cash crunch at federal agencies that care for migrants that have flocked over the border in huge numbers seeking asylum. Vivid...
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