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McConnell Plans Freestanding Bill for Border Humanitarian Crisis Funds

By    |   Monday, 17 June 2019 10:53 AM

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday he'll present a freestanding bill next week to allocate money to relieve the humanitarian crisis at the nation's border after Senate Democrats insisted on stripping the measure from the recently passed supplemental disaster bill.

"Last week or two ago we passed a supplemental (bill) for the floods, storm, damages we had in Puerto Rico, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, and Nebraska," the Kentucky Republican told Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "In the Senate, we wanted to add to it roughly $5 billion the president requested to deal, not with the wall. but just the humanitarian part of the crisis at the border. The Democrats insisted on stripping it out."

He said once the bill is brought up as a freestanding measure, it will be seen whether Democrats are truly interested in dealing with the humanitarian crisis at the border.

"What is the objection?" said McConnell. "This is not about the wall, but about the humanitarian crisis. I think it is safe to say the president is getting more cooperation out of Mexico than he is out of congressional Democrats."

McConnell blamed Democrats' reluctance on "Trump derangement syndrome."

"Whatever he is for, they are reflexively against," said McConnell. "This is humanitarian; this is not, we want to build a wall. We think the president makes a good case for that. This is not what it is about. This is the humanitarian part of the problem, on our side, obviously, of the border."

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday he'll present a freestanding bill next week to allocate money to relieve the humanitarian crisis at the nation's border after Senate Democrats insisted on stripping the measure from the supplemental disaster bill.
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