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Border aid bill faces standoff in Congress over protections

1 year 2 months 4 weeks ago Wednesday, June 26 2019 Jun 26, 2019 June 26, 2019 10:46 PM June 26, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By ANDREW TAYLOR and ALAN FRAM
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is at a standoff over a $4.6 billion aid package for the southern border, House Democrats saying a Senate measure doesn't go far enough to care for thousands of migrant families and children.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi is considering a fresh vote Thursday. Democrats want to add medical and hygiene standards and more protections for the children.

It's a risky stalemate over a border crisis that has captured global attention amid unsettling reports of conditions at federal facilities. The funding is urgently for the humanitarian emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border and money runs out in a matter of days.

The GOP-held Senate on Wednesday passed the bipartisan $4.6 billion measure on a sweeping 84-8 vote.

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