WASHINGTON DC – The U.S. House of Representatives supported a $4.5 billion supplemental border funding bill to address the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, but Congresswoman Katherine Clark voted no.
Lawmakers approved the bill in a 305-102.
“I cannot, in good conscience, write a blank check to an administration that has separated families, put kids in cages, and left toddlers stranded in parking lots. Children have died in the U.S. government’s care, and this bill fails to include the safeguards we need to keep these children safe,” said Congresswoman Katherine Clark.
Today’ vote was to concur with U.S. Senate amendments and appropriate emergency supplemental appropriations to federal departments and agencies for humanitarian assistance and security to respond to migrants attempting to enter the United States at the southern border.
“The House worked diligently to draft and pass a bill that dedicated sorely needed resources to ensure border security while enacting commonsense oversight provisions to protect migrant families. By refusing to honor the House’s priorities, Senate Republicans are turning their backs on the children who need our protection,” said Rep. Clark, a Democrat from Massachusetts, who represents Framingham.
“The situation at our border is dire, and we cannot let today’s vote be the end of the conversation. We need to put regulations in place that ensure every person coming to our doors is treated with dignity,” said Rep. Clark.