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Congress challenged by funding emergency at the border

1 year 7 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, June 05 2019 Jun 5, 2019 June 05, 2019 2:36 PM June 05, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By ANDREW TAYLOR
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress has only a few weeks to advance an emergency funding bill to deal with the escalating humanitarian crisis at the southern border, creating a time crunch that has lawmakers on all sides alarmed.

Money to care for Central American migrants arriving in the U.S. to claim asylum runs out in just a few weeks, and every day seems to bring new evidence that the government's response is inadequate. President Donald Trump has asked Congress to provide an additional $4.5 billion.

But the request faces a challenging path, especially since Trump's trade battles with Mexico are also part of the equation, along with the distraction of a possible impeachment inquiry.

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard of California, a key Democrat, said the political situation is "like nothing we've ever dealt with before."

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