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House passes Senate's border bill in defeat for Pelosi

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Published on June 28, 2019 - Duration: 02:00s

House passes Senate's border bill in defeat for Pelosi

U.S. House Democrats passed a Republican-led Senate bill that would release $4.6 billion in emergency funds to address the surge of migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

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House passes Senate's border bill in defeat for Pelosi

"The yeas are 305, the nays are 102, the motion is adopted." House Democrats on Thursday dropped their opposition to the Republican-led Senate and passed its $4.6 billion humanitarian aid package to address the worsening conditions for migrant children and families on the U.S. southern border.

(SOUND BITE) HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI, SAYING: "It will not be the end of this debate, it will be the battle cry.

It will be the battle cry.

As how we go forward to protect children..." The bills passage is a striking defeat for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said earlier that she and her fellow Democrats will "reluctantly pass the Senate bill." In a letter, Pelosi added: "The children come first.

At the end of the day, we have to make sure that the resources needed to protect the children are available.

Therefore, we will not engage in the same disrespectful behavior that the Senate did in ignoring our priorities." (SOUND BITE) SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL, SAYING: "We did not in the end continue to play these political games over this humanitarian crisis.

They did." The Senate on Wednesday rejected the version of the bill from House Democrats, who wanted to add provisions that specified how the money could be spent.

The senate bill also includes extra money for the Department of Defense and Immigration and Customs Enforcement - or ICE - employees.

House Democrats held a moment of silence for the drowned father and daughter in the photo that sparked outrage across the globe, and ultimately spurred efforts to reach a compromise.

The legislation now goes to President Donald Trump from him to sign before Congress breaks this week for the 4th of July holiday.

Meanwhile, Democratic candidates vying to challenge Trump in 2020 lined up to visit a detention facility housing thousands of unaccompanied migrant children in Homestead Florida.

(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) 2020 DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE SEN.

BERNIE SANDERS SAYING: "You do not lock up thousands of children who are 8 9 or 10 years of age." Their visit comes after the recently reported filthy conditions at a border patrol station in Clint, Texas, and ahead of the second round of the Democratic debates in Miami.

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