Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is pledging to force a vote on President Trump‘s $4.5 billion request for emergency border money, regardless of whether or not the GOP can reach a deal with Democrats.
McConnell told Fox News’s “Fox & Friends” during an interview on Monday that he was planning to bring up a “freestanding” deal in an effort to force Democrats to go on the record either supporting or blocking the request for humanitarian aid laws.
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“I’m going to bring it up freestanding next week and see if they really aren’t interested in dealing with this massive humanity that we have to take care of at the border,” McConnell said. “What’s the objection? This is not about the wall but about the humanitarian crisis.”
McConnell’s plan to force a vote on a bill next week comes as the Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to mark up Trump’s $4.5 billion request in committee on Thursday.
It’s safe to say the President is getting more cooperation from Mexico than he is out of Congressional Democrats. We wanted to set aside $5 billion weeks ago to deal with the humanitarian crisis at the border, but Democrats insisted on stripping it out. pic.twitter.com/rUr3Uv7Du2
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) June 17, 2019
— The Hill (@thehill) June 17, 2019
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