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Mark Begich: No Border Policy Changes in Border Funding Bill

Senator Mark Begich (D., Alaska) opposes making any border policy changes in the context of the border crisis, but he would accept a supplemental funding measure that provided less money than the $2.7 billion Senate Democrats are currently trying to authorize.

“Generally, I do,” Begich replied Tuesday when asked if he supports the supplemental funding bill offered by Senate Appropriations Committee chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D., Md.).

Asked about the possibility of a compromise between Senate Democrats and House Republicans, Begich said that “there’s a lot of conversation going on,” though he isn’t directly involved in a negotiation.

“If the number is less than 2.7 for the border part, that’s not going to bother me because it’s hard to spend that kind of money in the short term, but we do need to get something,” Begich told National Review Online. “So there’s a lot — I’m not directly — but there is a lot of us that are having conversations.”

Begich said he opposes deploying the National Guard to the border or including provisions from border bill written by Senator John Cornyn (R., Texas) and Representative Henry Cuellar (D., Texas).

“I think we need to keep that out of it,” he told NRO. “We need to focus on getting emergency resources to take care of the processing that needs to be done and additional support for Health and Human Services and the Justice component.”

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