Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declined a bipartisan border bill on Wednesday that overwhelmingly passed the Senate and comes as the United States is facing a crisis on the southern border.
The Washington Times reports that Pelosi “will demand changes to limit how long children can be held in some facilities” and “will insist on more money to pay the communities that illegal immigrant families are being dumped into, and will demand a new method of processing migrants when they arrive at the border ‘which is culturally, linguistically and religiously relevant.'”
The $4.6 billion border bill, which passed 84-8 on Wednesday, added “$2.88 billion for Health and Human Services to provide safe shelter and care for children in custody; $1.1 billion for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to establish migrant care and processing facilities; $220 million for the Justice Department to help process immigration cases and provide resources to U.S. Marshals Service for care and custody of federal detainees; $145 million for branches of U.S. military for missions along the border,” according to CBS News.
The Times further noted the bill that the Senate passed, while similar in the amount of money that is provided to help fix the problem at the border, changes in how the money would be spent.”The federal Health Department, charged with caring for Unaccompanied Alien Children, gets a majority of money in each bill,” the Times noted. “But border authorities, the Pentagon and deportation officers get money in the Senate bill that’s absent from the House version. And while both bills contain some restrictions on how the money can be spent, the House version contains many more.”
The Times added that the requirements were added to appease the far-left wing of the Democratic Party.
The Hill noted that far-left Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib voted against the Democrat-controlled House’s $4.5 billion border bill on Tuesday evening.