Mitch McConnell Blocks Border Funding Bill Because It Calls For Better Treatment Of Migrant Children
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday blocked a revised border funding bill from House Democrats, declaring that the only legislation that matters is the one agreed by the Senate.
“The Senate-passed bill is the only game in town,” McConnell said from the Senate floor. “Time to quit playing games,” he added.
McConnell’s move comes as House Democrats are digging in on their plan to make changes to the Senate bill and sent it back to the upper chamber, as the border bill ping pongs across the Capitol.
House Democrats want to include language that ensures health standards for facilities holding migrants at the border, limits the number of days children can spend in influx facilities and demands that any deaths of migrant children be reported within 24 hours.
But McConnell rejected the changes, calling the House bill “way to the left of the mainstream” and accusing Democrats of “throwing a far-left partisan wrench into the whole thing”
“Let me be perfectly clear, I’m glad the speaker and the administration are discussing some of these outstanding issues. But if House Democrats send the Senate back some partisan effort to disrupt our bipartisan progress, we will simply move to table it,” he said.
McConnell added to reporters after his floor speech that the Senate would strip the House changes out of the bill if Democrats send them a revised bill. They would then send the original Senate bill back to the House, where leadership has argued they won’t move it to the floor.
The White House has threatened to veto the House bill, which Senate Republicans believe gives them leverage in trying to force Pelosi to take up their bill.
The back-and-forth comes as lawmakers had hoped to get a bill for new border funding to Trump’s desk by the July 4th recess, leaving them roughly a day to craft an agreement.
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