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Senators Approve Bipartisan $4.6 Billion Emergency Border Deal, But With Restrictions


Senators Approve Bipartisan $4.6 Billion Emergency Border Deal, But With Restrictions

All but one Senate appropriator on Wednesday voted to approve a $4.59 billion emergency funding measure designed to address the humanitarian situation at the U.S. southern border, a rare bipartisan move by a congressional panel on a topic that typically sparks partisan rancor.

But House Democrats expressed "concerns" -- and it was also unclear whether President Donald Trump would accept the measure because of restrictions on how the money can be used.

The bill contains a number of restrictions -- approved with GOP support -- designed to withhold money from a number of President Trump's immigration priorities, including the border wall.

The Senate move comes at a critical time amid a surge of undocumented migrants at the border, particularly unaccompanied children, putting a strain on resources, specifically for the agency -- the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) -- in charge of housing those children. The agency has warned it will run out of funding by month’s end.

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