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Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is pledging to force a vote on President Trump's $4.5 billion request for emergency border money, regardless of whether or not the GOP can reach a deal with Democrats.
McConnell told Fox News's "Fox & Friends" during an interview on Monday that he was planning to bring up a "freestanding" deal in an effort to force Democrats to go on the record either supporting or blocking the request for humanitarian aid legislation.
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"I'm going to bring it up freestanding next week and see if they really aren't interested in dealing with this massive humanity that we have to take care of at the border," McConnell said. "What's the objection? This is not about the wall but about the humanitarian crisis."
McConnell's plan to force a vote on a bill next week comes as the Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to mark up Trump's $4.5 billion request in committee on Thursday.
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Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) told reporters late last week that they were still drafting the legislation that would be taken up in his committee. Though Republicans can pass it through the panel without support from the other side of the aisle, they'll need at least seven Democrats on board to get...
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