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Nancy Pelosi speaks as Senate forces border bill showdown – live stream

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is holding her weekly press conference the day after the Senate rejected a supplemental border funding bill which had passed in the House in favor of their own bill.

The Senate’s bipartisan bill passed with 84 yeas to 8 nays, and includes negotiated border security funding language. Now it will be returned to the House for consideration, but Congress is leaving at the end of the week for its Independence Day recess, so there is very little time to reconcile the House and Senate versions.

The House version of the $4.5 billion border funding bill included oversight provisions to hold the administration accountable for the conditions at migrant facilities, and provided no money for border wall construction. However, some progressives in the House voted against the bill because it funded Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Patrol.

“The Democrats would save many lives if they would change our broken and very DANGEROUS Immigration Laws. It can be done instantly!” President Trump tweeted on Wednesday.

Senate lawmakers hope the House will adopt the Senate bill, since it passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.

Pelosi also may address Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s impending testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees July 17. Mueller is responding to each committee’s subpoena, and each will be holding separate hearings.

Rep. Adam Schiff, of California, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told reporters Mueller was “very reluctant” to appear. Mueller previously told reporters that any testimony would not differ from the information presented in his report.

“The report is my testimony. I would not provide information beyond that which is already public in any appearance before Congress,” Mueller said in May.




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