Gottheimer (D) Faces Progressive Backlash Over Border Vote

Washington Free Beacon | 7/1/2019 | Cameron Cawthorne
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BY: Cameron Cawthorne

Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D., N.J.) on Saturday faced backlash from progressives in his congressional district in response to his support of a bill sending $4.6 billion in emergency humanitarian relief to help thousands of migrant families and unaccompanied children at the southern border.

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Gottheimer hosted a town hall in Woodcliff Lake, N.J., where he received scrutiny from progressive activists and constituents when the issue of immigration policy was brought up. As co-chairman of the Problem Solvers Caucus, which consists of 23 Republicans and 23 Democrats, Gottheimer decided the best strategy was to vote in favor of the Senate appropriations bill, the New York Times reported.

Less than 24 hours after House Democrats passed a measure last Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Senate rejected it with a 55-37 vote and approved their own measure with overwhelming bipartisan support with a 84-8 vote. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) was initially asked whether House Democrats would support the Senate bill, prompting her to say, "No."

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"They passed their bill, we respect that. We passed our bill, we hope they will respect that. And if there's some improvements that we think can be reconciled," Pelosi said.

While Pelosi and some of the more liberal members of the House opposed the Senate version of the bill, calling for tougher restrictions and higher standards for facilities that hold migrant children, Pelosi later caved and sided with the moderate members of the House. She said she was blindsided by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) and Senate Democrats voting overwhelmingly for the measure.

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"The question was, would you rather just obstruct and delay, as some wanted to, or were we going to get humanitarian aid to children at the border...
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