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Blunt: Congress Needs to Act on Emergency Border Funding

June 04, 2019

WASHINGTON – At the weekly Republican leadership press conference, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, urged Congress to move forward on emergency funding to address the crisis at the southern border. The Department of Health and Human Services is receiving an average of 362 unaccompanied children a day and funding to care for them is set to run out in the next few weeks.

Following Are Excerpts from Blunt’s Remarks:

“We’ve got another crisis right in front of us, which is what to do with unaccompanied kids.

“Now these are not kids who are separated from their parents when they get here, these are the hundreds of -- largely teenagers -- that are coming to the country every day. Two thousand last week, DHS turned over to HHS, I think the average was 362 a day. ...

“So, I think today there are 13,347 unaccompanied children that are the responsibility of the federal government. All the money to take care of those kids runs out some time in the next 30 days. The appropriations are gone, the transfer authority is about to be gone, and there is no money to take care of these kids.

“The Congress needs to act on this just like it would any other emergency. Unfortunately, we didn’t combine the two together, but we didn’t, and we’ve got about less than 30 days to solve this problem.”

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