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Progressive Democrat after border defeat: Since when did Problem Solvers become 'the Child Abuse Caucus'

Progressive Democrat after border defeat: Since when did Problem Solvers become 'the Child Abuse Caucus'
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Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanCutting defense spending by 10 percent would debilitate America's military Progressive lawmakers call for United Nations probe into DHS 'human rights abuses' The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Barrett touts independence to sidestep confirmation questions MORE (D-Wis.), co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, blasted a revolt by centrist House Democrats on Thursday that blocked the emergency border funding measure championed by Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 | Lawmakers see better prospects for COVID deal after election Overnight Health Care: House Dem report blasts Trump coronavirus response | Regeneron halts trial of antibody drug in sickest hospitalized patients | McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 MORE (D-Calif.) and liberal Democrats.

House Democrats will vote Thursday on the clean Senate border funding bill instead of the measure advocated by progressives.

“Since when did the Problem Solvers Caucus become the Child Abuse Caucus? Wouldn't they want to at least fight against contractors who run deplorable facilities? Kids are the only ones who could lose today,” Pocan tweeted ahead of a full House vote.

Ahead of the scheduled vote, Rep. Josh GottheimerJoshua (Josh) GottheimerLawmakers hope election releases pressure on stimulus talks Trump fuels and frustrates COVID-19 relief talks Trump's illness sparks new urgency for COVID-19 deal MORE (D-N.J.), a leader of the Problem Solvers Caucus, reportedly told Pelosi the caucus had the votes to defeat a rule including additional language providing for the explicit protection of migrant children and cutting funds to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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Center-right members signaled concerns that cuts to ICE could be used as attacks on Democratic candidates in future elections.

"That is terrible policy, terrible politics all around for many of these front-line members," a House aide told The Hill.

The caucus’s liberal wing argued that the specific language in the bill was necessary to ensure the emergency funds it authorizes are only put toward the care of migrant children.

"This is not a controversial or radical idea," Rep. David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineJustice Department charges Google with illegally maintaining search monopoly Pocan won't seek another term as Progressive Caucus co-chair Jewish lawmakers targeted by anti-Semitic tweets ahead of election: ADL MORE (D-R.I.) said earlier Thursday. "This is about our basic humanity and the responsibility we have for the children who are in our custody."

Other members of the party’s progressive flank joined Pocan in blasting the move, including Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOcasio-Cortez: Republicans don't believe Democrats 'have the stones to play hardball' Progressive lawmakers call for United Nations probe into DHS 'human rights abuses' Ocasio-Cortez hits Trump for 'disrespect' over calling her AOC during debates MORE (D-Minn.), who tweeted that a vote on the border measure advanced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTop Senate GOP super PAC makes final .6M investment in Michigan Senate race On The Money: McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 | Lawmakers see better prospects for COVID deal after election Overnight Health Care: House Dem report blasts Trump coronavirus response | Regeneron halts trial of antibody drug in sickest hospitalized patients | McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 MORE (R-Ky.) “is a vote to keep kids in cages and terrorize immigrant communities.”

“How can we trust Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpStephen Miller: Trump to further crackdown on illegal immigration if he wins US records 97,000 new COVID-19 cases, shattering daily record Biden leads Trump by 8 points nationally: poll MORE won't turn around and use this to fund his deportation plan or worse?” she added.

“Mitch thinks basic human rights are poison pills. We need a bill that doesn't continue harmful policies at the border,” tweeted Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOn The Money: McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 | Lawmakers see better prospects for COVID deal after election Tlaib, Ocasio-Cortez offer bill to create national public banking system Progressive lawmakers call for United Nations probe into DHS 'human rights abuses' MORE (D-Mich.). “We can do better than what we've seen. I hope my colleagues realize this. Let's do better.”