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House, Senate in stalemate over border crisis

8 months ago Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:49:30 AM CDT July 23, 2014 Wednesday, July 23 2014 Jul 23, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Democrats and House Republicans are moving separately to slash President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency spending request for the southern border, but they're unlikely to end up with a deal that could pass both chambers.

A Senate bill being unveiled Wednesday would allocate $2.7 billion for more immigration judges, detention facilities and other resources in South Texas, where tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors have been arriving. That amounts to a $1 billion reduction in Obama's request.

House Republicans were expected to go even further, with more limited spending that would be focused heavily on enforcement provisions rather than caring for the youths.

The result looks like a stalemate, with little time left to resolve a deadlock because Congress' annual August recess is just around the corner.

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