- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Senators shot down House Democrats’ partisan border-funding bill Wednesday, and then passed their own bipartisan plan to deliver $4.6 billion in emergency money President Trump requested to help alleviate overcrowding and provide better care for children and families streaming into the U.S.

The 55-37 vote to reject the House bill was a rebuke to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and fellow Democrats, who had larded their measure up with anti-Trump restrictions, chasing liberal lawmakers at the expense of a bipartisan deal.

Senators approved their own version on an overwhelming 84-8 vote, with only the fringes of both parties in opposition.

That heaps pressure on Mrs. Pelosi, who must decide whether to accept the Senate bill, to resist it, or to seek changes.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, Mrs. Pelosi’s counterpart in the Senate, said she’s asking for four changes, which he said should be doable.

Mr. Trump spoke with her before jetting off for a world summit in Japan, and told reporters he was optimistic a deal will get done.

He also took a swipe at Mrs. Pelosi and Mr. Schumer who, in January, claimed the border situation was “manufactured.”

“I think that a lot of people are starting to realize I was right when I said there was a crisis at the border,” the president told reporters.

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