Today in Congress, a bill regarding funding for the southern border was discussed and passed:

H.R.3401 – Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance and Security at the Southern Border Act, 2019 – This bill provides $4.5 billion in FY2019 emergency supplemental appropriations to federal departments and agencies for humanitarian assistance and security to respond to migrants attempting to enter the United States at the southern border.

The bill provides appropriations to the Department of Justice for the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the U.S. Marshals Service.

Within the Department of Homeland Security, the bill provides appropriations for

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection,
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and
  • the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The bill provides appropriations to the Department of Health and Human Services for the Administration for Children and Families.

The bill first failed in Senate but was passed today after an amendment was added by Sen. Richard Shelby (R). The amendment, S.Amdt.901, added additional funds to the bill, bringing the total to $4.586 billion dollars. Sen. Richard Shelby (R) was also the sponsor of bill S.1900, a Senate appropriations bill for Border funding that was not passed. Some Democrats argue that the bill passed was too similar to this Senate version of the bill.

Fun Fact: Differences between the passed House bill and the Senate bill, prior to amendment of passed House bill.

The Senate version of the bill also provides funding for:

  • the Department of Defense for the Operation and Maintenance accounts of the Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Army National Guard
    • Army
      • For an additional amount for “Operation and Maintenance, Army”, $92,800,000, for necessary expenses to respond to the significant rise in unaccompanied minors and family unit aliens at the southwest border and related activities: Provided, That such amount is designated by the Congress as being for an emergency requirement pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(i) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.
    • Marine Corps
      • For an additional amount for “Operation and Maintenance, Marine Corps”, $13,025,000, for necessary expenses to respond to the significant rise in unaccompanied minors and family unit aliens at the southwest border and related activities: Provided, That such amount is designated by the Congress as being for an emergency requirement pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(i) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.
    • Air Force
      • For an additional amount for “Operation and Maintenance, Air Force”, $18,000,000, for necessary expenses to respond to the significant rise in unaccompanied minors and family unit aliens at the southwest border and related activities: Provided, That such amount is designated by the Congress as being for an emergency requirement pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(i) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.
    • Army National Guard
      • For an additional amount for “Operation and Maintenance, Army National Guard”, $21,024,000, for necessary expenses to respond to the significant rise in unaccompanied minors and family unit aliens at the southwest border and related activities: Provided, That such amount is designated by the Congress as being for an emergency requirement pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(i) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985
  • This partly explains why the Senate bill asks for $90 million more dollars than the House bill. It should also be mentioned that there are differences between how much money each department receives for each bill.

Tweets from Congress Members:

Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R) – “The Senate just killed the House-passed border supplemental & passed their own bill, S. 1900. Unlike the House’s bill, the Senate’s version is truly bipartisan (passed 84-8) & actually provides funding to improve safety & security at the southern border.”

Sen. Edward J. Markey (D) – “Senate Republicans are letting migrant children die at the border & in detention because Donald Trump bought their allegiance with what they really care about: tax breaks for wealthy donors, extremist judges, etc. Thats what they care about, not this little girl & her father.”

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R) – “.@SpeakerPelosi , the Senate just passed bipartisan legislation that would provide the necessary funding to address the humanitarian border crisis. Stop the political games, and bring this bill to the House floor for a vote today!”

Rep. Tony Cardenas (D) – “Last night, the House approved critical humanitarian funding to help with the life-threatening situation at the border. We did our job, now its time for the Senate to do the same. I urge the Senate to quickly approve the House-led bill. We cannot wait. Children are dying.”

 

Find out what Congress is saying about the southern border issue at 4PIA.

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