House to Offer Less Than $1 Billion for Border Crisis

by Joel Gehrke

House appropriators plan to unveil a supplemental funding bill that authorizes less than $1 billion for the border crisis, which is about one-third the amount of money Senate Democrats want to give President Obama.

“It’ll be less than $1 billion and it will be until September 30, the end of the fiscal year,” House Appropriations Committee spokeswoman Jennifer Hing told National Review Online.

The supplemental offered by Senate Appropriations Committee chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D., Md.,) contains $2.7 billion for the border crisis. The total amount of the bill, though, is $3.57 billion, because the bill would provide another $615 million for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to fight wildfires and $225 million in support of Israel’s Iron Dome system.

Senate Democrats have given no indication that they might move from that figure, according to a Senate Republican aide.

“There is no energy on that side to resolve this or to work with Republicans to resolve it,” the aide said. “I think what they’re doing is they’re sitting out, waiting, hoping, that the House doesn’t pass anything so that they can say that Republicans left town without doing anything on the border.”

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