Nancy Pelosi and the White House went to war with a $ 4.5 billion humanitarian bill for the border, accusing Donald Trump of endangering & # 39; children and warns the president that she is a & # 39; lioness & # 39; is when it comes to protecting children.
& # 39; I would be considered someone who is not prone to violence and whatever, but if you endanger children, I will become a lioness, you will approach those cubs and it will just trigger a natural response # 39 ;, she said to Capitol reporters on Thursday. .
& # 39; And as a five year old mother and nine year old grandmother, I just feel that way about all children, & # 39; the speaker added.
Nancy Pelosi and the White House went to war with a humanitarian bill of $ 4.5 billion for the border
President Trump prefers a Senate version of humanitarian aid
The White House put down the gaze at the Pelosi press conference and put forward a statement calling on Parliament to adopt the Senate version of the border aid law that contains provisions that are more preferable to the administration.
& # 39; The only people who postpone help for the children are the Democrats & # 39 ;, said press secretary Sarah Sanders in one of her latest statements.
& # 39; We have already negotiated a widely supported two-party financing. It is time for House Democrats to take the law from the senate and stop deferring funding to cope with this very real humanitarian crisis, & she said.
House republicans, in a large theater showcase, stood in line on the house floor on Thursday morning to ask the room to vote for the Senate Law.
They all gave the same version of the legislative request: & # 39; I requested unanimous permission to take the speakers from the HR 341 speaker table with the Senate amendment there and to agree to the Senate amendment. This dual bill passed the Senate by 84 votes and could be sent today to the President's office for his signature. & # 39;
One by one they made a motion that was only refused by Shelia Jackson Lee from Texas, who presided over the room.
& # 39; As the President has previously advised, the unanimous consent request cannot be entertained, & she said repeatedly to every move.
House republicans stand in the meeting room and ask Democrats to include the senate version of a bill for humanitarian aid
Pelosi, who is very Catholic, said the debate on the two versions of the legislation was about & # 39; God's children & # 39; and protected them.
"This is not about threats or challenges, it's just about humanity and the courage to do what's good for the kids," she said.
And she blamed the impasse in the negotiations on Republican leader Mitch McConnell of the Senate.
& # 39; The President was good at what we suggested. And here's the thing to be afraid of. I don't see that thing coming from the administration. I see that coming from Mitch McConnell, and I just don't know why, & she said.
& # 39; We respected the fact that the Senate passed their law because they must respect the fact that we have passed ours. So if this is how we see things for the future – cooperation is a two-way street. And when you talk about the children, this is a very important priority for us, so we will continue our conversation about threats and without predictions, & she added.
Pelosi, who spoke with President Trump about the legislation before he left for the G20 summit in Japan, said she would speak to Vice President Mike Pence later today.
She did not exclude the House that passes the Senate version of the bill, but said the negotiations should continue.
& # 39; We look forward to further discussions on this issue. One step at the time, & she said.
The photo of Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramierz, who drowned with his daughter Valeria, went viral and aroused a sense of urgency in passing on help at the border
Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramierz with daughter Valeria; the two died trying to cross the Rio Grande to enter the United States illegally
The speaker suffocated when asked about the photo of Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramierz and daughter Valeria, the Salvadoran immigrants who drowned as they tried to cross the Rio Grande.
& # 39; Can you imagine the father putting the girl back on the beach to go back and having the mother and the little girl with her father. She came back. He could not save her and he could not save himself. This is such a & # 39; n tragedy, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; I can just imagine how that would happen and I think it's just such a shame that America's face would be all over the world, & # 39; Pelosi added.
McConnell, in the meantime, asked the house to take the Senate version off the bill.
& # 39; For weeks we have heard our House Democrat colleagues talk about the poor conditions, the overloaded facilities, the insufficient supplies. Today our bill gives them the opportunity to really do something about it, & he said on the Senate floor on Thursday.
Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell is pushing the House to pass the relief version of his chamber for the border
On Wednesday, the Republican-controlled Senate and the House-controlled Democrats took separate measures to provide humanitarian funding to immigrants crossing the border.
The White House has clearly indicated that it prefers Senate legislation, but Pelosi linked a number of riders to the House version to ensure the voice of the more liberal members of her party, who needed it to make the measure .
The final result and the following steps remain unclear.
The congress is planning to leave Washington DC for a week on Friday evening, and there is great pressure to finalize legislation before that time.
Funding is needed to prevent the humanitarian crisis on the border from worsening.
Both House and Senate measures include more than $ 1 billion to house and feed migrants detained by the border patrol and nearly $ 3 billion to care for unaccompanied migrant children being transferred to the Ministry of Health and Human Services.
The Senate measure is not so strict in setting conditions for providing funding. It has also stopped commission from House Democrats for the Pentagon and to reduce a wage stack at Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Neither of these accounts would allow the Trump administration to shift any of the funds to build the president's boundary wall.
The White House has threatened with a veto against the House's bill and is only reluctantly behind the Senate measure, which has great double support in the upper room.
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