Top Democrat urges Pelosi to take Senate border bill

Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyMcConnell wants deal this week on fiscal 2021 spending figures Democratic senators urge Facebook to take action on anti-Muslim bigotry Senate releases spending bills, setting up negotiations for December deal MORE (Vt.), the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, said Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiVoters want a strong economy and leadership, Democrats should listen On The Money: Biden to nominate Yellen for Treasury secretary | 'COVID cliff' looms | Democrats face pressure to back smaller stimulus Democrats face increasing pressure to back smaller COVID-19 stimulus MORE (D-Calif.) should approve a Senate-passed bill to provide $4.59 billion to address the border crisis.

"Considering the tragedy on the border and considering the fact we really had to fight against an administration that at first, people like Mr. Mulvaney, didn't want anything, they ought to accept what Sen. Shelby and I put through,” Leahy said Thursday, referring to the battle he and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyTrump, Pelosi barrel toward final border wall showdown On The Money: Push for student loan forgiveness puts Biden in tight spot | Trump is wild card as shutdown fears grow | Mnuchin asks Fed to return 5 billion in unspent COVID emergency funds McConnell, Pelosi hunt for funding deal as shutdown deadline looms MORE (R-Ala.) faced in putting together a compromise despite initial opposition from acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyMick Mulvaney 'concerned' by Giuliani role in Trump election case On The Money: Senate releases spending bills, setting up talks for December deal | McConnell pushing for 'highly targeted' COVID deal | CFPB vet who battled Trump will lead Biden plans to overhaul agency Consumer bureau vet who battled Trump will lead Biden plans to overhaul agency MORE


“No Republican gets everything they want and no Democrat gets everything they want. Our bill is a good compromise," he added.

The House and Senate this week passed competing border funding bills. While they largely align on the top-line figure, they are divided over several hot-button policy issues including Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

A senior Republican official familiar with Pelosi’s latest counteroffer to the Trump administration said she wants to close the temporary influx facility in Homestead, Fla., which is holding more than 2,000 minors, and the elimination of defense funding in the emergency border supplemental package.

Privately operated influx facilities such as the one at Homestead are exempt from the same requirements that apply to government-run child shelters.

The Senate-passed bill includes $145 million in defense funding for the Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Army National Guard for operating expenses such as strategic lifts, medical assistance and mobile surveillance.

A senior Democratic aide disputed the Republican official’s characterization of Pelosi’s counter offer.

“This is completely false,” the aide said of the GOP’s characterization of Pelosi’s offer, but declined to provide any further detail.