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House Lawmakers Pass $4.5 Billion Border Bill

Lawmakers in the lower chamber passed a $4.5 billion border bill Tuesday just one day after President Trump warned he would veto the measure.

Lawmakers in the lower chamber pass a $4.5 billion border bill in an effort to alleviate the growing crisis categorized by an influx of illegal immigration and starved resources.

The House passed the bill late Tuesday in a 230 to 195 vote which would allocate funding for necessities at the border including food, medical services, and water.

The legislation, however, includes provisions which would inhibit the White House from increasing the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents combatting the border crisis.

The measure does not include funding for the border wall and allocates over $800 million to create safer living conditions for migrants at the border.

President Trump slammed the Democrats for certain provisions the day before, saying the stipulations undermine national security.

The White House statement continued by saying, “The House majority has put forward a partisan bill that underfunds necessary accounts and seeks to take advantage of the current crisis by inserting policy provisions that would make our country less safe.”

The Democrats also face criticism over provisions which strengthen protections for unaccompanied children and allow easier access to legal resources.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar weighed in on the border crisis on Fox News Monday night saying, “We have a humanitarian crisis at our border. We’ve got families and kids flooding across our border in unprecedented numbers.”

He went on to call the situation “troubling” while noting that shelters across the border are well over max capacity and additional funding is needed to alleviate the crisis.

The Senate also has a border bill in the works, and in the unlikely event the upper and lower chamber pass the House version of the bill before the next recess in the coming days, the president is expected to veto the measure.

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