WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and the border relief package (all times local):
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi choked back tears over the photo of a migrant father and daughter killed crossing the Rio Grande River as she pushed for stronger protections in a border crisis funding bill.
Pelosi told reporters Thursday she’s a “lioness” when it comes to children. She called it a “shame that this should be the face of America around the world.”
Congress is at a standstill over a $4.6 billion funding package to prevent the border crisis from worsening. House Democrats want changes to the Senate-passed bill to better protect migrant children.
But McConnell said Thursday on the Senate floor that his chamber’s measure “is the only game in town.”
He said the Trump administration might make administrative changes reflecting some of the House’s demands. But with Congress hoping to address public pressure to improve conditions for thousands of migrants, McConnell says it’s time to approve the Senate legislation.
Congress is at a standoff over a $4.6 billion aid package for the southern border, House Democrats saying a Senate measure doesn’t go far enough to care for thousands of migrant families and children.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi is considering a fresh vote Thursday. Democrats want to add medical and hygiene standards and more protections for the children.
It’s a risky stalemate over a border crisis that has captured global attention amid unsettling reports of conditions at federal facilities. The funding is urgently for the humanitarian emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border and money runs out in a matter of days.
The GOP-held Senate on Wednesday passed the bipartisan $4.6 billion measure on a sweeping 84-8 vote.