Senate Grant Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., And Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., The Supreme Democrat of the Grant Committee, has forged a preliminary agreement on a supplementary funding package of 4.59 billion. humanitarian aid, Fox News has learned.
The panel plans to hold a "markup" session on Wednesday, a two-tiered effort to prepare the flooring legislation and finalize the language of a bill to assist the institution of Health and Human Services & # 39; the Refugee Settlement Office and the Department of Homeland Security in connection with the flood of immigrants at the southern border.
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The proposed bill on President Trump's request was originally included as part of the $ 19.1 billion. Supplementary Assistance Package, adopted in May to provide disaster relief for hurricanes, fires, floods and othe weather related issues affecting Puerto Rico, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Iowa and Nebraska.
But Senate Democrats voted to separate the nearly $ 5 billion humanitarian funds to the border from the package.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Hopes to reinstate the complementary financing package, which focuses primarily on providing 3.3 billion dollars. USD for necessities such as food, medical care and shelter for unaccompanied children and families crossing the border as a stand-alone proposal. Goal: Put the bill on the floor next week.
Most of this funding, 2.9 billion. Dollars, would be for ORR to deal with detained children who have not yet been depressed with a family member or sponsor in the United States, while the remaining funds will allow DHS to create and care for immigrants in temporary treatment facilities that cross the border as a family unit .
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The additional expense bill, if approved, will be an additional expense measure on top of the 12 annual grants bills running the government. The congress already approved a 13th bill as the OCD disaster relief package earlier this spring, and a border humanitarian supplementary grant package would be the 14th expense bill for that financial year.