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Republicans Slash Obama's $3.7 Billion Border Funding Request

Republicans will grant only part of the $3.7 billion President Barack Obama requested to address a surge of migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border, the House Appropriations chairman said.

“We’re trying to sift out of his request those items and dollar numbers that need to be done immediately,” Hal Rogers, a Kentucky Republican, told reporters today in Washington. “The rest of what he’s requested we can consider as we process the regular 2015 appropriations bills.”

To gain enough Republican votes, the measure will be accompanied by policy changes on border security and law revisions to speed the deportation of unaccompanied minors, said Representative Pete Sessions, chairman of the House Rules Committee. He said he expects a fuller Republican plan to be announced tomorrow.

“We’re trying to sift out of his request those items and dollar numbers that need to be done immediately,” Hal Rogers, a Kentucky Republican, told reporters today in Washington. “The rest of what he’s requested we can consider as we process the regular 2015 appropriations bills.”

To gain enough Republican votes, the measure will be accompanied by policy changes on border security and law revisions to speed the deportation of unaccompanied minors, said Representative Pete Sessions, chairman of the House Rules Committee. He said he expects a fuller Republican plan to be announced tomorrow.

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