House Democrats unveil changes to border bill to win over progressives

THE HILL June 25, 2019

House Democratic leaders on Tuesday unveiled a set of changes to a $4.5 billion package to address the flow of migrants at the southern border in an effort to win over skeptical progressive and Hispanic lawmakers.


At the same time, Ruiz acknowledged, "The well has run dry. So at some level, you gotta put water in the well. But it's not going to change behavior. So it's a desperate bill for a desperate situation."


Lawmakers are scrambling to approve the border funding as soon as possible to ensure the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is operated by the Department of Health and Human Services, doesn't run out of funding in the coming weeks.


The House measure also would require the Department of Health and Human Services to report to Congress within 24 hours if an unaccompanied migrant child dies while in the government's custody. In addition, it would allot a somewhat shorter time frame for facilities that hold migrant children to meet existing standards for humane conditions.


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