Thursday, June 27, 2019

What’s The Difference Between The House And Senate Border Funding Bills?

The House of Representatives and the Senate have passed separate legislation allocating billions of dollars to address the crisis at the border, but the two bills hold key differences and it’s unclear how Congress will reach a consensus.
The House passed its border funding legislation late Tuesday night, and the Senate passed its own version on Wednesday. Both bills provide emergency funding to Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Federal Emergency Managing Agency (FEMA), the Department of Justice for the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the U.S. Marshals Service and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the Administration for Children and Families.
However, the two bills differ in the amount of money given to various agencies that manage illegal immigrants.
The $4.59 billion bill passed in the GOP-controlled Senate provides millions for the operation and maintenance accounts of the National Guard, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force. The $4.5 billion House version, on the other hand, provides no money to the Department of Defense. The House also provides less money for agency staff within Homeland Security.
The House, which is controlled by the Democratic Party, has included stricter guidelines sought by liberal lawmakers. Under the House bill, CBP must establish health standards for children and adults in its custody, which includes hygiene and nutritional standards. Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security would be required to provide translation services to individuals held in migrant shelters.
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suzipooh said...

I would rather the funds go to flying them all back to their home countries.

Anonymous said...

suzipooh, I agree. I'm not really concerned about their comfort level. In fact the less comfortable the faster they'll want to return home.