Politics Top House appropriator expects Biden to submit multibillion-dollar funding request for border crisis
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Congress can expect the Biden administration to submit an emergency funding request for “billions” of dollars to cover costs incurred by the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a senior House Democrat.
“Sometime this summer, very soon, [Health and Human Services] and [Homeland Security] are going to be asking us for billions of dollars. Billions of dollars for a supplemental,” Texas Democrat Henry Cuellar, the vice chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, said in a virtual briefing with reporters Monday afternoon.
During the 2019 humanitarian crisis, when 473,000 people who were part of a family group were taken into federal custody for attempting to come across the border from Mexico illegally, Congressin emergency funding to detain and care for people in its custody. HHS received $2.9 billion, while $1.3 billion went to DHS.
Biden releases breakdown of what needs fixing for infrastructure plan
Republicans slammed President Joe Biden's $2.7 trillion infrastructure plan as a 'dog's breakfast of slush funds' for Democrats as White House releases state-by-state breakdown of what needs fixing.Biden will host four GOP lawmakers - along with four Democratic ones - on Monday to discuss his massive infrastructure plan, which Republicans have criticized for containing more than traditional infrastructure projects.
Cuellar announced in the same call that nongovernmental organizations that have been assisting migrant families after they have been released from the custody of the Border Patrol or Immigration and Customs Enforcement can begin applying for reimbursement of related costs starting today.
More than $113 million have been made available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cover food, shelter, clothes, transportation, and other costs. In previous years, such as 2014 and 2019, nonprofit organizations and religious groups that helped care for people were either not reimbursed or waited a year to submit those costs. Now, humanitarian organizations can seek funds quarterly.
Why Biden is making more progress on economic than social issues
The magnitude of the economic proposals that President Joe Biden may pass through Congress this year is drawing legitimate comparisons to Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal and Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society.But Biden simultaneously faces the prospect that almost all of his legislative initiatives revolving around social, cultural and racial equity issues, from immigration to gun control and LGBTQ rights, could die in the Senate.
Local and state governments can also submit expenses to the federal agency for costs incurred between Jan. 1 and March 31.
The Holding Institute nonprofit group in Laredo, Texas, is spending an average of $4,200 every three weeks to feed migrant families in its care, according to its executive director, Pastor Mike Smith.
"We've been having to float, you know, for the, for the past few months, and most NGOs and those shelters are not able to float that long," said Smith. "We've been saving our receipts, and we've actually been putting our stuff together and ready to go, so as soon as we have the documents filled out, we're going to submit."
Cuellar said funding requests will not resolve the rising tide of people at the border. In March, 172,000 people were encountered illegally coming into the United States from Mexico, the highest number in 15 years.
Biden refers to border situation as a 'crisis'
President Joe Biden referred to the border situation as a "crisis" on Saturday, ending his previous refusal to use the term. © Provided by Washington Examiner Biden said he was lifting the cap on the number of refugees who can resettle in the United States, reversing plans not to raise the limit after strong criticism from the Left, due to the "crisis that ended up on the border." "We’re going to increase the number. The problem was that the refugee part was working on the crisis that ended up on the border with young people," he said at the end of a round of golf on Saturday.
"The reality is we have an input and output problem. There's so many people coming in. Until you show some consequences, they're going to be coming in," said Cuellar.
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Biden's 1st 100 days: Promises kept, broken, or in progress .
Here's a look at how President Joe Biden is measuring up against the markers he set for himself. As a candidate and incoming president, he had promised a series of swift and sweeping actions to address the range of challenges he inherited.