(POLITICO) The divide in Congress over how to address the southern border crisis intensified Wednesday as a closed-door briefing for senators did little to move lawmakers closer to a deal.
The Democratic-controlled Senate and the Republican-dominated House are heading down seemingly different tracks as they try to address the flood of unaccompanied children crossing the border. And time is running out with about two weeks left until Congress adjourns for August.
In the Senate, the Appropriations Committee will begin hammering out a supplemental bill on Thursday, according to a Democratic aide. The funding will be roughly at the $3.7 billion level that President Barack Obama has asked for, or slightly less and it’s unclear whether it will include policy changes. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) declined to comment as he left the Wednesday briefing.
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