Top Democrat urges Pelosi to take Senate border bill

Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyThe House impeachment inquiry loses another round — and yes, that's still going on Hillicon Valley: Trump threatens Michigan, Nevada over mail-in voting | Officials call for broadband expansion during pandemic | Democrats call for investigation into Uber-Grubhub deal Democratic senators call on regulators to investigate potential Uber-Grubhub deal MORE (Vt.), the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, said Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump retweets personal attacks on Clinton, Pelosi, Abrams Biden swipes at Trump: 'Presidency is about a lot more than tweeting from your golf cart' Federal aid to state and local governments should rely on real numbers 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 ShelbyTop Republican says Trump greenlit budget fix for VA health care GOP senators not tested for coronavirus before lunch with Trump McConnell, GOP senators support exempting VA health funds from budget caps MORE (R-Ala.) faced in putting together a compromise despite initial opposition from acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyThe Memo: Trump agenda rolls on amid pandemic Trump taps Brooke Rollins as acting domestic policy chief Navarro fuels tariff speculation: 'Bill has come due' for China 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.