On The Money: Senate passes $4.5B border bill, setting up fight with House | 2020 Democrats spar over socialism before first debate | Ex-Im deal in peril amid Dem backlash

On The Money: Senate passes $4.5B border bill, setting up fight with House | 2020 Democrats spar over socialism before first debate | Ex-Im deal in peril amid Dem backlash
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THE BIG DEAL--Senate passes $4.5B border bill, setting up fight with House: The Senate on Wednesday passed legislation to give President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump fires intelligence community inspector general who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint Trump organization has laid off over 1000 employees due to pandemic: report Trump invokes Defense Production Act to prevent export of surgical masks, gloves MORE billions of dollars in new border funding, setting up a clash with House Democrats, who passed their own version of the bill earlier this week. 

Senators voted 84-8 on their $4.5 billion bill, which includes nearly $3 billion in humanitarian aid.

Lawmakers had hoped to get a bill to Trump's desk before they leave for the July 4th recess. Leadership indicated after the Senate's vote that they would be talking about how to reconcile their bills, but absent an 11th hour agreement the border funding is stalled until after the break.


Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyFive things being discussed for a new coronavirus relief bill Infrastructure bill gains new steam as coronavirus worsens Coronavirus bill includes more than billion in SNAP funding MORE (R-Ala.) said he expected staff discussions and talks between the "four corners," leadership in both parties and both chambers, would start "soon."

"The House bill has got a lot of provisions that would not be conducive to a quick agreement," Shelby added. "We'll see if the corners fit; I hope they fit." The Hill's Jordain Carney explains here.

The dispute:

  • Though the House and Senate largely align on the top line figure for their border bill, they are divided over several hot button policy issues including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
  • Senate Republicans have indicated that they don't want to go to conference, despite the political and policy differences.
  • But House Democrats have shut down calls to take up and pass the Senate bill as its currently written, with leadership arguing they have some changes they want in the final bill.



  • The Senate Banking Committee holds a hearing on reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, 10 a.m.



2020 Dems fight over socialism: Democratic presidential candidates on Wednesday battled over socialism ahead of the first presidential debate, the latest sign that contenders are grappling over the future direction of the party and the message they believe is best suited to defeat President Trump in the general election.

Former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperSenate GOP super PAC books more than million in fall ads Poll shows Daines, Bullock neck and neck in Montana Senate race Progressive challenger: How we overcame Chuck Schumer meddling MORE (D) walked through the spin room at the Ziff Ballet Opera House, telling reporters that embracing socialism is a surefire general election loser for Democrats.

"That's a tough hill to climb in Ohio, in Michigan, in North Carolina, in Pennsylvania, in Wisconsin," Hickenlooper said. "These are states where they care about jobs and are very cautious about this thing called socialism. They get anxious about that."

On the other side: As Hickenlooper addressed reporters from the floor of the elegant opera house in downtown Miami, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy: Oil giants meet with Trump at White House | Interior extends tenure of controversial land management chief | Oil prices tick up on hopes of Russia-Saudi deal Oil giants meet at White House amid talk of buying strategic reserves The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight MORE (I-Vt.), a self-described democratic socialist, was in the adjacent room giving an interview to MSNBC's Kasie Hunt.

Sanders gave an impassioned defense of democratic socialism, telling Hunt that he'll explain to voters why it shouldn't be viewed as outside the mainstream.

"I'll take care of the label, first by telling the American people what I believe," Sanders said.

The Hill's Jonathan Easley is on the scene in Miami for the first Democratic debate. He's got more on the party's fight over socialism here.


Mnuchin: We were 'about 90 percent of the way there' on China trade deal: Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinBank executives sought guidance on small business loan program from Ivanka Trump: report Oil giants meet at White House amid talk of buying strategic reserves Confusion surrounds launch of 9B in small-business loans MORE on Wednesday said that the U.S. was close to reaching a deal with China before negotiations fell apart last month and expressed optimism about the potential for a deal in the future.

"We were about 90 percent of the way there and I think there's a path to complete this," Mnuchin said in an appearance on CNBC.

"The message we want to hear is that they want to come back to the table and continue because I think there is a good outcome for their economy and the U.S. economy to get balanced trade and to continue to build on this relationship," he said. 

Mnuchin's comments as President Trump prepares to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G-20 summit Saturday as he seeks to reboot trade talks after they fell apart in May.

  • Trump and China appeared close to a deal in April, but the president threatened to impose tariffs on $300 billion in Chinese goods in May after Beijing officials reportedly backtracked on previous commitments.
  • The breakdown in trade talks between the U.S. and China rattled financial markets as both economies strain under the pressure of a nearly year-long trade war. 


Export-Import Bank deal in peril amid Democratic backlash: A bipartisan deal to reauthorize and overhaul the Export-Import Bank is in peril after a House committee was forced to delay action on the measure amid backlash from Democrats.

The House Financial Services Committee was set to vote Wednesday on a bill from Chairwoman Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersOvernight Health Care: White House projects grim death toll from coronavirus | Trump warns of 'painful' weeks ahead | US surpasses China in official virus deaths | CDC says 25 percent of cases never show symptoms Democrats, Trump set to battle over implementing T relief bill Maxine Waters unleashes over Trump COVID-19 response: 'Stop congratulating yourself! You're a failure' MORE (D-Calif.) and ranking Republican Patrick McHenryPatrick Timothy McHenryBottom line Top GOP post on Oversight draws stiff competition Lawmakers shame ex-Wells Fargo directors for failing to reboot bank MORE (N.C.) to fund and reform the polarizing export subsidizer for five years.

That plan changed abruptly Wednesday when Waters was forced to pull the measure from a markup under pressure from her Democratic colleagues to loosen restrictions on lending to Chinese firms.

"We have a consensus that everyone wants to see Ex-Im reauthorized," Waters said while announcing the delay. "I am not giving up and I am asking Mr. McHenry not to give up."

I'll tell you what went wrong here.

  • After years of Republican efforts to shutter or limit the Ex-Im Bank, the deal between Waters and McHenry could represent the best chance to pass a bipartisan revamp of the agency.
  • But with a September deadline to fund the bank looming alongside partisan battles over budget caps and the federal debt limit, lawmakers are facing a dwindling timeline to strike a new deal.
  • Lawmakers are set to leave Washington as soon as Thursday and will spend the next week in their districts before returning to Capitol Hill. Waters and McHenry will then have just three weeks to strike and win support for a new deal before Congress breaks until September.



  • President Trump on Wednesday said tech giants Google and Facebook should be sued over alleged bias toward conservatives.



  • The Senate Health Committee on Wednesday voted to advance a bipartisan package aimed at lowering health care costs to the full Senate.