Stories by Zachary Basu

Senate passes $4.6 billion emergency border bill after rejecting House version

Mitch McConnell
Mitch McConnell. Photo: Tom Brenner/Getty Images

The Senate on Wednesday voted 84-8 to pass a $4.6 billion bill that would appropriate funding for humanitarian aid for migrants and additional security measures at the southern border, after rejecting a House version of the bill that would impose greater restrictions on migrant detention centers.

The big picture: Democrats and Republicans have backed two separate plans to deal with reports of dangerous and unsanitary living conditions at migrant facilities on the southern border. The House and Senate must now reconcile the two bills or find an alternative solution before Congress leaves for its July 4 recess, with the Department of Health and Human Services warning that it could run out of funding to house migrant children by the end of the month.

Robert Mueller agrees to publicly testify to Congress

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Former special counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to testify publicly before the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees pursuant to a subpoena on July 17, Chairmen Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) announced Tuesday evening. The testimonies will be "back to back," but separate, according to Schiff.

Why it matters: Mueller previously said he preferred not to testify and that his 400-page report would function as his testimony. After weeks of negotiations between the former special counsel's team and House Democrats, a subpoena is what ultimately broke the deadlock.

The migrant kids crisis

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Children gathered in the largest migrant detention center for children in the U.S., Homestead, Florida. Photo: Gianrigo Marletta/AFP/Getty Images

The fallout over reports of migrant children being housed in squalid conditions at a detention center in Texas reached new heights today, with a paralyzed Washington looking increasingly unlikely to do anything about it — at least in the short term.

Driving the news: Officials confirmed Tuesday that over 100 children had been returned to the center in question because of a lack of bed space and funding at other facilities, WashPost reports. Hours later, news of acting Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner John Sanders' resignation went public.