Arizona Sen. McSally: Bill To Help Alleviate Border Crisis A 'Band-Aid'

Published: Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 11:06am
Updated: Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 2:34pm
Audio icon Download mp3 (10.87 MB)
Sen. Martha McSally
Sen. Martha McSally

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved a $4.6 billion package intended to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis at the country’s southern border.

Among other things, the money would pay for shelters for children in federal custody, to speed up immigration cases and reimburse cities and states for costs they've incurred.

The Senate's action came a day after the House passed its own bill. The dollar amount was roughly the same, but several other provisions were different, including new health and safety standards for children in custody.

The two chambers are now working to figure out what to do next. The federal Department of Health and Human Services has said it expects to run out of money for housing migrant children in the next few days.

Arizona Sen. Martha McSally was among the 84 senators who supported that chamber’s version. The Show spoke with her shortly after the vote and asked her how big of a dent that measure could potentially put in the current crisis at the border.

More Stories From KJZZ

If you like this story, Donate Now!