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Mitch McConnell: Senate Won’t Pass House Border Bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday the upper chamber will not pass the House verison of the border security bill.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the upper chamber will not pass the House version of the border security bill which passed the lower chamber earlier this week.

McConnell’s made the remarks from the Senate floor on Thursday just one day after the Senate passed its own version of the border bill.

McConnell touted the Senate’s version calling it the “only game in town,” while also saying, “Time to quit playing games. Time to make a law.”

His remarks come just one day after the upper chamber passed the bipartisan bill in a sweeping 84 to 8 vote.

McConnell touted the bipartisan effort to pass the border security bill saying, “I’m glad the speaker and the administration are discussing some of these outstanding issues. But if House Democrats send the Senate back some partisan effort to disrupt our bipartisan progress, we will simply move to table it.”

The House passed its version of 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 form increasing the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents combatting the border crisis.

The measure also does not allocate funding for the border wall and has recently been under fire by President Trump who has suggested the provisions undermine national security.

Meanwhile, House Democrats are currently working on making changes to the Senate version of the border bill to send it back to the upper chamber for another vote.

The progress comes as lawmakers scramble to pass a bipartisan security bill through both chambers to send it to the president’s desk before the next congressional recess next week.

The White House had already made it clear it would veto the House version of the border security bill in the unlikely event it passed both chambers.

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