tv U.S. House of Representatives House Debate on Unaccompanied Children at the... CSPAN May 10, 2019 3:45pm-3:56pm EDT
next week the house takes up a bill to outlaw employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. and also prescription drug legislation. as the house debated the disaster relief bill today, republicans offered a motion to provide money requested by the trump administration to care for unaccompanied children at the southern border. recognized. ms.ranger: madaspr,y ion amen the bby adng the additional2.8 bilon e admisttionasaid is unaompanied cldren at border. ering this mbee e il are considing thdig ts motio hed. t onpiece of t iseed to res tohis c ms. granger: the children who come across our border without a parent become the responsibility of our federal government. as of the end of april, nearly 13,000 unakpped children were in the care of the united states
department of health and human services. we're told that if these trends continue, the department will soon run out of funds to care for these children and face nti-deficiency act violations. mr. hurd offered this just two days ago. at that time, the chair told us that the amendment would not be supported because we could not wait for a regular appropriations bill to be enacted. we were told this funding was needed now. by including the funds in this emergency supplemental bill, we will do just that. we're giving our colleagues on the other side of the aisle another opportunity today to provide the funding necessary to continue to care for these children. whatever our positions may be on border security, i think we can all agree that we have a responsibility to ensure that
our agencies have sufficient funding to do what we have asked them to do. i urge urge a yes vote on the motion and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. does the gentleman from indiana withdraw his reservation? mr. visclosky: madam speaker, i withdraw my reservation. the speaker pro tempore: the reservation is withdrawn. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from connecticut seek recognition? ms. delauro: i rise in opposition to this motion to recommit. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for ive minutes. ms. delauro: the house is not in order. the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. uro: t atrio submted asupplealequest t weekl $9 billi i ergency apoponfor the
unacanihilengram arecarefuy vig tha quest. e ainist to prove detbout e opossef those ms. delauro: the administration submitted a supplemental request last week for an additional $2.9 billion, an emergency appropriations for the unaccompanied children program. we are carefully reviewing that request. we expect the administration to provide further details about the proposed use of those funds. we have had bicameral, bipartisan meetings to get more details on the request, and we expect that in the next several days. but we need additional information from the administration before we can sign off on this request. how many children are expected to be referred by customs and border protection over the next ew months? what kind of shelter beds are we paying for with the $2.9 billion? let's be clear, there are child welfare differences, major cost differences between traditional beds, which are $250 a night, or soft-sided dormitories or brick and mortar influx shelters which run from $750 to $1,250 per bed per day. does the estimate include appropriate onsite mental health professionals, clinicians for
facilities so the children have access to the services they are egally required to have? and we know they have been wanting in those services. these staffing ratios are critical. as our legal services. child advocates. for the most vulnerable children in o.r.r.'s care. we need to know if these costs have been included in o.m.b.'s estimate. i want to assure my colleagues we are taking this request seriously, but you should not be fooled. this bill is not the right vehicle. it is the wrong bill for the unaccompanied children program. this motion to recommit does not provide funding for unaccompanied children. it adds $2.9 billion to the account for head start. my friends, you should have been with us in labor-h.h.s. just two days ago. they had a chance to vote for $4.5 billion for childcare, for
child welfare. they said no. they said no to this. so don't be fooled by this. and keeping in mind, this is a one-year anniversary of the child abuse policy -- to separate our kids at the border. you want to know about unaccompanied kids, you should have cared for them last year and every day since. vote no on the motion to ecommit. i yield now to the gentlewoman rom iowa, mrs. axne. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. members are reminded to direct heir remarks to the chair. mrs. axne: madam speaker.
madam speaker, passing the disaster supplemental is vital to any community that suffered from disasters over these last 18 months but i rise to talk about one community, mine, iowa's third congressional district. entire towns were underwater. many iowans have had their homes, small businesses, and family farms destroyed. medical centers and schools face irreparable damage and may never be able to open their doors again. parents are worried where they will be able to send their kids to school, and the lasting impacts on the health and well-being of iowa families and our rural communities is beyond calculation. i've been to our flood zones multiple times to speak to farmers, homeowners, and business owners who've lost everything. their resilience is inspiring, but the damage is devastating. and iowans are hardworking, tax-paying americans. this motion to recommit is playing partisan politics with people's lives.
and it's unacceptable. i helped lizzi muck out her house. a farmer has been kayaking to view his fields. and fran from pacific junction had her house underwater for almost two months. great community hospital in hamburg, the only rural hospital in the area, had to bring in military operated water tanks just to keep its doors open for basic services. and now, because they're standing up for their community, they're providing space for small businesses to operate in hopes those businesses don't leave the area so that community doesn't die. if this motion to recommit passes, it will -- if this motion to recommit passes -- the speaker pro tempore: the ouse will be in order. mrs. axne: if this motion to recommit passes, this disaster funding will keep moving --
the speaker pro tempore: the ouse will be in order. mrs. lowey: the house is not in order, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. axne: if this motion to recommit, it will prevent the disaster funding from moving forward. a yes vote is to tell iowans and americans to wait longer. a yes vote is a slap in the face to everybody across this country who's suffering from these disasters. i'm here to tell you -- the speaker pro tempore: the ouse will be in order. mrs. axne: i'm here to tell you, iowans can't afford to wait. none of our constituents who've been impacted by floods, tornadoes, fires can afford to wait. i urge this body to stop making americans wait, to vote down this motion to recommit and to pass this bill.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. without objection, the previous question is -- mrs. axne: this bill will help recovery relief programs. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to recommit. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] >> the complete guide to congress is now available. it has lots of details about the house and senate for the current session of congress. contact and bio information about every senator and representative. plus information about congressional committees, state governors, and the cabinet. the 2019 congressional directory is a handy spiral-bound guide. order your copy from the c-span online store for $18.95. >> democratic presidential candidate john delaney holds a meet and greet with voters in hollis, new hampshire, today. we'll show that to you live at 7:00 p.m. eastern here son c-span and also -- here on
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