Um, what does fighting wildfires out west have to do with Obama’s border scandal? Who knows, but you can be sure the second the GOP balks at this blank check they’ll be accused of wanting people to die in wildfires.
There’s just no end to this nonsense.
“He’s asking for a blank check in effect, $3.7 billion, with no reforms,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).
Still, few GOP lawmakers balked at the request’s price tag, which climbs to $4.3 billion with the addition of $615 million to help the Agriculture Department fight wildfires in the West.
Obviously fighting fires is important and wildfires break out annually, but is there a sudden rash of fires we’re unaware of that requires $615 million in emergency aid?
Many Republicans agreed that increased resources were needed to deal with the issue but said they would push for a larger share of the package to go to border security.
“If you’re going to spend $3.7 billion, let’s make sure we’re not just throwing money at a short-term problem,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who helped negotiate an immigration bill that passed the Senate a year ago. “Let’s make sure it’s broader than that.”
There were also some concerns expressed by Senate Democrats, who hedged at the White House’s call for Congress to make it easier to quickly deport children by changing a 2008 law that grants an asylum hearing to any minor from a country that does not border the United States before deportation.
The 2008 law was intended to protect victims of human trafficking brought to the country against their will.
“I hope at the end of the day it is still basically fair and humanitarian. We’re dealing with children here,” said Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) “Everybody’s very concerned. I’m one of them.”
The White House has not sent legislative language to Congress, meaning lawmakers will have plenty of opportunity to adjust the package.
“We’re certainly willing to work with them,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. “Ultimately this is Congress’ responsibility to ensure that the executive branch has both the resources and the authority necessary to deal with this challenge.”
They’re willing to work with Congress? Really? Just last week this clown was talking trash and babbling about his pen and phone.
The request includes $1.8 billion for the Health and Human Services Department to provide “appropriate care” for the children, who are mostly coming from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
It also includes $1.1 billion for the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The funding would help expand border security task forces and help pay for transportation costs associated with the rise in unaccompanied children.
For a whole lot less you could buy first-class tickets for every one of Obama’s future Democrats and ship them back home. But that’s never been part of the plan.