Skip to comments.Pelosi, Democratic leaders seek to quell liberal revolt over border bill
Posted on 06/24/2019 9:06:07 PM PDT by be-baw
House Democratic leaders scrambled Monday night to rally support for their border funding bill amid a liberal outcry over the Trump administration's treatment of migrant children and questions over whether the Democrats' proposal would do enough to protect them.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other top leaders huddled in Pelosi's Capitol office late into the night with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) and the senior appropriators who have championed the border bill.
Lawmakers leaving the meeting said they expected changes to the $4.5 billion package to ensure stricter standards for the facilities housing migrant children, which have been overcrowded with reportedly unsanitary conditions. Democratic leaders are still aiming for a floor vote on Tuesday.
In short, the liberals simply don't trust the administration to treat the migrants humanely, even if Congress approves ample funding for their care. They want the bill to include or be accompanied by a new set of behavioral standards governing the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Multiple lawmakers pointed to a bill authored by Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.) that would establish humanitarian and health standards for migrants in the custody of CBP things like having guaranteed access to enough water, toilets, bathing facilities and toiletries.
Theres a difference between funding items that they say they need versus changing behaviors by creating some humanitarian standards within CBP, Ruiz said leaving Pelosis office. We still need to pass the humanitarian standards bill that Ive introduced in order to change behaviors. Otherwise youre going to fund a system that is treating women and children subhuman and inhumane, and thats not going to change simply because you have more supplies.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), in impassioned remarks, summarized the liberal opposition to the House legislation unveiled just a day earlier by House Democratic leaders emphasizing she wants to ensure migrant children arent detained in such conditions to begin with.
I'm not interested in making sure that caged children are getting warmer burritos. Im trying to make sure that they're not getting caged in the first place, Ocasio-Cortez said.
After nearly three hours, Ocasio-Cortez emerged from Pelosis office describing the discussions as just a really delicate situation.
This administration has manufactured a crisis in this specific vote and in this specific moment. It's a rock and a hard place, Ocasio-Cortez said.
Ocasio-Cortez entered the meeting saying that she opposed the border aid package that had been unveiled by the House Appropriations Committee on Friday. But after leaving the meeting with Democratic leaders, she said its possible she could vote for it depending on the changes.
Pelosi herself had endorsed the proposal on Sunday, saying that it protects families and does not fund the administrations failed mass detention policy.
Recent stories describing horrific treatment of migrant children at federally run detention centers along the border have sparked outrage among liberal Democrats.
We cannot continue to throw money at a dysfunctional system, said Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). With this crisis they were not equipped. And we cannot try to help them get out of this situation without having a full comprehensive plan to deal with the humanitarian crisis were seeing.
Omar said she wont be satisfied with minor tweaks, but wants a drastic reconfiguration to ensure the childrens protections are ensured.
We are not just asking for simple changes to be made into this bill, but to go back to the drawing board and really address this from a humanitarian [angle], she said.
Other Democrats have cautioned that the House bill, while not perfect, is the best chance they have to address the humanitarian crisis in a timely fashion.
We all have ideas about how to make improvements, said Democratic Rep. Veronica Escobar, a freshman who represents a Texas border district. The question is timing. Were running out of time.
Escobar said there were conference calls over the weekend with members of both the CHC and CPC. Mondays meeting in Pelosis office was set up to allow those members to hear directly from appropriators.
We have the highest expectations that we will treat people in a humanitarian and dignified way, she said.
Some Democrats were optimistic that a deal would be reached this week.
Its going to be fine, said Rep. Henry Cuellar (Texas), another border Democrat.
House Democrats plan to move their own bill while the Senate considers its own competing proposal this week to respond to the Trump administrations $4.5 billion request.
Lawmakers are trying to approve the border funding as soon as possible before the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is operated by the Department of Health and Human Services, doesn't run out of funding in the coming weeks.
But the two parties aren't in agreement in the House, making it hard to reach a bipartisan, bicameral deal in the next few days.
"Instead of Pelosi putting a group together, Republicans and Democrats, to solve the problem, look at what she's doing. She's got maybe her most hardcore, left groups trying to figure out how to jam the president," House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said.
The White House issued a veto threat on Monday against the House version, calling it a "partisan bill that underfunds necessary accounts and seeks to take advantage of the current crisis by inserting policy provisions that would make our country less safe."
The Senate bill, meanwhile, is bipartisan, although the White House expressed displeasure that neither measure includes funding for more Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention beds.
Both bills would provide hundreds of millions of dollars for processing facilities as well as supplies for migrants. But the House measure includes more restrictions on how funds can be used, including conditions for the treatment of migrant children.
And while the Senate bill would require members of Congress to give advance notification of two business days to visit facilities housing unaccompanied children, the House version wouldn't make lawmakers give notice ahead of time.
Obama caged the children.
Apparently “ liberal “ is what The Hill calls hardcore ‘death to America’ radicals.
Oh what nonsense. Get them out of my country!
“Oh what nonsense. Get them out of my country!”
I agree, but right now I think Trump is just trying to get the “humanitarian crisis” under control. I think he’ll settle for day care and babysitting for now. I don’t like it, but it appears that’s where this is going.
That remark is just beyond racist. Why do leftists get a pass for this kind of hate?
Thought the same. AOC is a vile shyte.
Wasn’t a barf alert warranted or required for this post?
Warranted, perhaps. Required, not that I know of.
AOC hasnt had a lucid thought since probably age 3. Shes parroting what shes told. The money is talkin be it Kocks, Soros, Stierer, it dont mean feces. They are the enemy AOC is the dummy. IMO
I want them getting their burritos -- in MEXICO. Send them ALL back NOW! Then we won't need to spend another penny on stupid toothpaste or whatever other propaganda B.S. the media is lying about tomorrow.
sounds to me like the House Dims are fighting like caged cats, And the deep state ones are fighting for the survival of their party.
Fun to watch them self implode. Scary thinking at the outcome, however, if the kommie kids get control.
Once again, you liberal scumbags: I dont GAF about these foreign invaders. Theyre here under false pretenses. Theyre not seeking asylum under the legal guidelines so I refuse to cater to their demands. If it sucks so badly here for migrants, theres the door.
The Democrat Party is failing and will soon collapse, politically, caused by its own internal actions. There is not one, not one of the announced Democrat 2020 POTUS candidates are qualified to become the POTUS...period.
The upcoming Democrat POTUS Debates coming this week on Wednesday & Thursday are not worth watching. It will be interesting to take note of how many Americans tuned in to the NBC (Rachel Maddow) broadcast debates.
We already know that all the Announced Democrat 2020 POTUS candidates cannot not get large numbers of their political supporters to their rallies, meetings, town halls, etc. and....none of them are even close to raising the money that POTUS, Trump raises with his eyes closed. Actually their upcoming two debates are really a “nothing to see” big joke!!! Biden, Warren, Sanders, O’Rourke’ Buttigieg, Harris, Booker, Castro, Gillibrand, etc., are losers, one and all!!!
Maybe the Democrats can salvage the POTUS slot with Hillary Clinton or, Michelle Obama, two evil witches, criminals and America Haters. Nah......never happen!!!
The “SUN” is not glowing brightly on the current Democrat Party. Folks, have fun this week watching the “BORING” “USELESS”, Democrat Party first 2020 POTUS Debate. Me...I won’t be watching...not for one second!!!
You do know...fellow American/Voters, that if none of you tune in to these “FARCE” debates...you kill the entire Democrat Party, politically!!!
I’m definitely not tuning in. Why? All you’re going to hear is Trump’s evil,we’ll give you free stuff,white people are the reason you are having problems , LGBTQXYZ people are more moral than you are ,blah blah blah.
If he would just let ICE start deporting those who already had their day in court and ordered deported, we would have more room for the new dimocrats.
You are right on target.....tuning in to these low life, “Hate America”, Democrat Scum & Vermin pieces of twisted humanity is just simply a waste of time.
I mean...come on, ya gotta be kidding me, Biden, Buttigieg, Harris, Booker, Gillibrand, O’Rourke, Castro, Warren, Sanders & on & on......”ZEROS” one & all!!! Case Closed!!!
eff these liberal drain holes. We separate US Citizens from their children now when they are incarcerated. DO NOT SIGHT ANYTHING coming out of this Congress PDJT. Let these parasites keep fighting amongst themselves
I hope he uses the money to ship them back into Mexico and then say, we’ll you wanted them to be taken care of, so I took care of them.
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