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House sends Trump border aid bill after Pelosi caves to pressure from moderates

The House on Thursday passed a bipartisan Senate bill that would address the crisis at the southern border, dealing a major blow to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMaria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' Democratic clamor grows for select committee on Jan. 6 attack GOP increasingly balks at calling Jan. 6 an insurrection MORE (D-Calif.) and progressives who had pushed for stronger protections for migrant children.

Ninety-five Democrats opposed the measure in a 305-102 vote. The legislation now heads to the White House, where President TrumpDonald TrumpMaria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' The Memo: The center strikes back Republicans eye Nashville crack-up to gain House seat MORE is expected to sign the $4.6 billion package into law.

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Pelosi and her leadership team had initially intended to hold a Thursday vote to amend the Senate-passed bill to include language that would implement safety and care standards for law enforcers working with migrants — provisions pursued by liberals that were in the previous House-passed bill.

But moderate Democrats in groups like the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus and the Blue Dog Coalition put pressure on Pelosi to take up the Senate bill immediately.

Rep. Josh GottheimerJoshua (Josh) GottheimerCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Omar feuds with Jewish Democrats House moderates unveil .25T infrastructure plan MORE (D-N.J.), co-chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus, informed Pelosi he had rallied enough support against the changes backed by progressives, resulting in Pelosi losing significant leverage in her fight for changes to the Senate measure.

The eventual vote on the Senate bill sparked outrage from left-leaning members like Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairman Mark PocanMark William PocanThe Memo: The pre-Trump 'normal' is gone for good Overnight Defense: Pentagon pitches 5B budget | Kamala Harris addresses US Naval Academy graduates Pentagon pitches 5B budget with cuts to older weapons MORE (D-Wis.). 

“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,” he tweeted.

Progressive firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Memo: The center strikes back Democrats facing tough reelections back bipartisan infrastructure deal Harris rebounds after difficult trip MORE (D-N.Y.) argued that Democrats should have fought harder to strike a deal with the Senate that would have provided more Democratic wins.

"The problem right now and the question at hand is Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPortman: Republicans are 'absolutely' committed to bipartisan infrastructure bill Graham calls voting rights bill 'biggest power grab' in history The wild card that might save Democrats in the midterms MORE sent us a bill and we're putting a big check mark on it instead of even trying to negotiate. ... What Mitch McConnell is doing is relying on the time pressure of recess," she said on CNN.

Top Republicans advocated for the passage of the Senate bill ahead of the vote, with dozens of GOP lawmakers saying on the House floor that it should be passed by unanimous consent.

Seven conservatives — GOP Reps. Justin AmashJustin AmashAmash warns of turning lawmakers like Cheney into 'heroes' Cheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP Biden: 'Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK' MORE (Mich.), Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson Brooks14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday Mo Brooks accuses Swalwell attorney who served papers on his wife of trespassing Shelby backs ex-aide over Trump-favored candidate in Alabama Senate race MORE (Ala.), Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertGOP increasingly balks at calling Jan. 6 an insurrection 21 Republicans vote against awarding medals to police who defended Capitol GOP's Gohmert, Clyde file lawsuit over metal detector fines MORE (Texas), Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarHouse Democrat: Republicans 'treating Capitol Police like shit' were 'the most scared' during riot Gosar's brothers apologize 'on behalf of the actual sane members of our family' 14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday MORE (Ariz.), Thomas MassieThomas Harold MassieGOP increasingly balks at calling Jan. 6 an insurrection House Democrat: Republicans 'treating Capitol Police like shit' were 'the most scared' during riot 14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday MORE (Ky.) and Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene Roy14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday 21 Republicans vote against awarding medals to police who defended Capitol The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week MORE (Texas) — all voted against the measure.

Notable defectors on the Democratic side included: Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (N.M.), Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesDemocrats seek staffer salary boost to compete with K Street Congress tiptoes back to normality post-pandemic White House to Democrats: Get ready to go it alone on infrastructure MORE (N.Y.), Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Katherine ClarkKatherine Marlea ClarkPelosi signals no further action against Omar Progressives rally behind Omar while accusing her critics of bias Pelosi, leaders seek to squelch Omar controversy with rare joint statement MORE (Mass.), Democratic Policy and Communications Committee co-Chair Ted LieuTed W. LieuLieu calls Catholic bishops 'hypocrites' for move to deny Biden communion Gaetz, under investigative cloud, questions FBI director Crenshaw trolled after asking for examples of 'woke ideology' in military MORE, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerSenate on collision course over Trump DOJ subpoenas Black Democrats press leaders for reparations vote this month House Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists MORE (D-N.Y.) and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Rep. David CicillineDavid CicillineGOP divided over bills targeting tech giants Hillicon Valley: House targets tech giants with antitrust bills | Oversight chair presses JBS over payment to hackers | Trump spokesman to join tech company | YouTube suspends GOP senator House unveils antitrust package to rein in tech giants MORE (D-R.I.), who also voted against the measure, said the crisis at the border requires some assurances that the money is "going to be used the right way."

"And I think people were very frustrated that those protections were taken out," he said.

Scott Wong and Mike Lillis contributed.

Updated at 6:50 p.m.