Hey, remember when everyone was upset because Obama's deliberately-created border crisis was going to cost taxpayers $2 billion for refugee care? No one should be surprised that the tab has already jumped to $3.7 billion, or that the Republican Party is offering only muted resistance to the spend-a-thon, which includes rather large sums that have absolutely nothing to do with border security. From The Hill:
Hours after the White House revealed the package, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said his goal was to finish a bill by Congress’s August recess.
“The main thing we have to do is recognize that we have an emergency,” Reid said as Democrats broadly offered support for the measure.
Republicans argued the plan did not do enough to secure the border, and several repeated their calls for Obama to send National Guard troops to the border to protect it.
They warned the proposal would fail to address the underlying issues that have led to overcrowded detention centers and long waits for asylum hearings, and used it to attack the White House’s overall approach to immigration, which they said created a perception that the children will be free to stay in the U.S. if they can make it over the border.
“He’s asking for a blank check in effect, $3.7 billion, with no reforms,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).
Still, few GOP lawmakers balked at the request’s price tag, which climbs to $4.3 billion with the addition of $615 million to help the Agriculture Department fight wildfires in the West.
Many Republicans agreed that increased resources were needed to deal with the issue but said they would push for a larger share of the package to go to border security.
“If you’re going to spend $3.7 billion, let’s make sure we’re not just throwing money at a short-term problem,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who helped negotiate an immigration bill that passed the Senate a year ago. “Let’s make sure it’s broader than that.”