House Republicans are preparing to vote on a bill to address the border crisis that is far more modest than what President Barack Obama requested and would send in National Guard troops.
The $659 million bill is well below the $3.7 billion in aid Obama requested to deal with the influx of Central American children that have illegally crossed the border between the U.S. and Mexico.
House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., told reporters on Tuesday he is hopeful the bill will be passed this week before Congress leaves for its August recess.
Rogers said most of the funding goes towards securing the border, which includes sending in National Guard troops. Other money is set aside to expedite the process of sending unaccompanied youths back to their home countries and humanitarian aid.
“I hope and trust that the Senate would take that bill so we can get a solution to this problem,” Rogers said.
-- Frank Thorp and Andrew Rafferty