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Washington - Democrats May Fund Parts Of Trump's $4.5B Border Request

Published on: May 14, 2019 02:26 PM
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The Capitol is seen in Washington, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)The Capitol is seen in Washington, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Washington - Congressional Democrats are signaling a willingness to include major elements of President Donald Trump’s $4.5 billion request for humanitarian and security needs on the U.S.-Mexico border in an unrelated, widely backed disaster aid bill that appears to finally be breaking free of a partisan logjam.

Democratic aides said Tuesday that Trump’s request for additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention beds is off the table, but that Democrats are willing to fund care for more than 360,000 migrants apprehended since October.

A top Democratic senator said a weeks-long fight over aid to Puerto Rico has been settled to Democrats’ satisfaction. But a push by a Senate Republican to boost spending on harbor dredging projects remains a hang-up.

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Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy told reporters Tuesday that “we’ve worked out” a dispute over Puerto Rico. Trump has opposed additional aid to the U.S. island territory, claiming it has gotten plenty of money already to deal with devastation wrought by back-to-back hurricanes in 2017.

The disaster legislation has been held up in the Senate amid a fight between Trump and Democrats over aid to Puerto Rico. Trump is feuding with Democratic officials on the island and falsely claims that Puerto Rico has already received $91 billion in aid. Pressure from Trump’s GOP allies, particularly southern Republicans seeking aid for hurricane-slammed farmers, appears to have eroded his opposition to additional aid to the island.

“We’re this close,” said Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., holding his thumb and index finger about two inches apart.

But Shelby’s demand to boost Army Corps of Engineers harbor dredging efforts by liberalizing the budget rules for spending out of a dedicated harbor maintenance fund have run into major opposition from House Republicans and the White House. The Port of Mobile in Shelby’s state would be a major beneficiary of the change.

The addition of border funding to the long-sought hurricane and flood aid measure — which ballooned to $19.1 billion during a House floor debate on Friday — adds a major, tricky element to the already overdue disaster bill. Democrats are particularly agreeable to Trump’s $2.8 billion request to house and care for Central American migrants that are seeking asylum from violence in their home countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, but the details are nettlesome.

The goal is to reach a House-Senate agreement that could finally speed the bill through the Senate, where Democrats upset over aid to Puerto Rico filibustered a GOP plan last month. The House would then vote to send the legislation to Trump for his signature.

The aides spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly about negotiations.



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 May 14, 2019 at 05:07 PM Educated Archy Says:

Joe Biden in audio going back to 2006 released on WNYC not Fox can be heard saying, he is going to tighten our borders, arrest illegals and deport them and punish businesses that hire them. Sounds very much like trump's polcies if you ask me

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 May 14, 2019 at 10:21 PM YES Says:

Winning

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 May 15, 2019 at 09:49 AM Obama was the Deporter-in-Chief Says:

Reply to #1  
Educated Archy Says:

Joe Biden in audio going back to 2006 released on WNYC not Fox can be heard saying, he is going to tighten our borders, arrest illegals and deport them and punish businesses that hire them. Sounds very much like trump's polcies if you ask me

Joe Biden, in audio going back to 2006, released on WNYC (not Fox) can be heard saying, he is going to tighten our borders, arrest illegals and deport them and punish businesses that hire them.

Sounds very much like Obama's policies if you ask me

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 May 15, 2019 at 09:54 AM TRump is a Con Man Says:

Reply to #1  
Educated Archy Says:

Joe Biden in audio going back to 2006 released on WNYC not Fox can be heard saying, he is going to tighten our borders, arrest illegals and deport them and punish businesses that hire them. Sounds very much like trump's polcies if you ask me

Joe Biden in audio going back to 2006 released on WNYC not Fox can be heard saying, he is going to tighten our borders, arrest illegals and deport them and punish businesses that hire them. Sounds very much like trump's policies if you ask me

The TRump Organization hires "illegals"
The TRump administration does not arrest them.
Doesn't deport them.
Doesn't punish the TRump Organization.

Duh.

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 May 15, 2019 at 09:57 AM Anonymous Says:

What is the connection between aid to PR and the border wall?

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 May 15, 2019 at 11:13 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
TRump is a Con Man Says:

Joe Biden in audio going back to 2006 released on WNYC not Fox can be heard saying, he is going to tighten our borders, arrest illegals and deport them and punish businesses that hire them. Sounds very much like trump's policies if you ask me

The TRump Organization hires "illegals"
The TRump administration does not arrest them.
Doesn't deport them.
Doesn't punish the TRump Organization.

Duh.

Do what I say, not what I do.

What a hypocrite.

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 May 15, 2019 at 11:14 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Says:

What is the connection between aid to PR and the border wall?

Only in the swamp.

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 May 15, 2019 at 12:38 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #4  
TRump is a Con Man Says:

Joe Biden in audio going back to 2006 released on WNYC not Fox can be heard saying, he is going to tighten our borders, arrest illegals and deport them and punish businesses that hire them. Sounds very much like trump's policies if you ask me

The TRump Organization hires "illegals"
The TRump administration does not arrest them.
Doesn't deport them.
Doesn't punish the TRump Organization.

Duh.

Wrong thats not being a con man. Thats smart business. The Trump org will take advantage of the alw while trump the precedent needs to go tough.

Furthermore, Trump never really said to go tough on businesses hiring illegals he simply says to deport them. Trump understands not to hurt businesses.

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