Dems Agree To Support This Portion Of WH’s Emergency Funds Request For Border

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 15: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (L) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) lead a rally and news conference ahead of a House vote on health care and prescription drug legi... WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 15: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (L) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) lead a rally and news conference ahead of a House vote on health care and prescription drug legislation in the Rayburn Room at the U.S. Capitol May 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. The bicameral group of Democrats urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to bring the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act up for a vote in the Senate. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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May 17, 2019 9:43 a.m.

Democratic leadership will reportedly agree to fund a portion of the White House’s request for emergency funding at the U.S.-Mexico border, Politico reported.

Democrats said they’d approve aid strictly to address humanitarian issues at the border in their disaster relief package, just a portion of the $4.5 billion request from the White House.

Democratic leaders were careful to communicate that the aid would need to be “tightly limited” to humanitarian funds for the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Democrats also rejected White House asks for funds for more beds for its detention centers and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

It was unclear how much money Democrats would be willing to include in the disaster bill, designed to provide relief for those impacted by the hurricanes, flooding and wildfires in the U.S. in the last year and a half.

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