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 PocanOmar says US should reconsider aid to Israel Trump crosses new line with Omar, Tlaib, Israel move Liberal Democrat eyes aid cuts to Israel after Omar, Tlaib denied entry 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 PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico This week: House jump-starts effort to prevent shutdown Schumer, Pelosi push Trump to back universal background check bill 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) GottheimerThe Hill's Morning Report - US coastline readies for Hurricane Dorian to make landfall Swing-seat Democrats oppose impeachment, handing Pelosi leverage Republicans plot comeback in New Jersey 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).


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 CicillineO'Rourke's debate moment reignites gun debate on Sunday shows Sunday shows - Guns dominate after Democratic debate Cicilline: O'Rourke's AR-15 comment 'doesn't help' 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 OmarOmar says she hopes Netanyahu not reelected Sunday shows - Guns dominate after Democratic debate Omar responds to family of 9/11 victim who called her out at anniversary ceremony MORE (D-Minn.), who tweeted that a vote on the border measure advanced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's 12:30 Report: NY Times story sparks new firestorm over Kavanaugh Senator asked FBI to follow up on new information about Kavanaugh last year Congress must reinstate assault weapons ban MORE (R-Ky.) “is a vote to keep kids in cages and terrorize immigrant communities.”

“How can we trust Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTed Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report US service member killed in Afghanistan Pro-Trump website edited British reality star's picture to show him wearing Trump hat 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 TlaibOmar says she hopes Netanyahu not reelected Bill Maher, Michael Moore spar over Democrats' strategy for 2020 Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight MORE (D-Mich.). “We can do better than what we've seen. I hope my colleagues realize this. Let's do better.”