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Detained migrants at the border in Chihuahua state, Mexico. Photo: Herika Martinez/AFP/Getty Images

The White House threatened Monday night to veto House Democrats' bill on meeting the Trump Administration's requested $4.5 billion emergency border funding package.

"By opposing detention beds — where illegal migrants are placed pending their removal — Democrat lawmakers are declaring their belief that illegal immigrants, including those who skip court hearings or commit additional crimes, should be allowed to remain in our country indefinitely."
— White House statement

Details: House Democrats met Monday night to discuss their bill, H.R. 3401, which would require the Trump administration to use funds that Congress has already provided for aid to Central American countries and restrict Department of Health and Human Services policies on unaccompanied migrant children.

  • Latino and liberal Democrats are pressing House leaders to add stronger protections for migrant children in the bill, which House leaders still hope to get approved Tuesday, according to AP.
"Right now, the goal is really to stop — one death is just too much."
— Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.) post-meeting statement to AP

The big picture: The House and Senate are weighing competing bills this week to meet the request. The Senate's one is bipartisan.

This article has been updated with more details, including on the Democrats' meeting.

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Senate Democrats reach deal on extending unemployment insurance

Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Senate Democrats struck a deal Friday evening to extend unemployment insurance in President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package after deliberating and halting other action for roughly nine hours, per a Senate aide.

Why it matters: The Senate can now resume voting on other amendments to the broader rescue bill.

Capitol review panel recommends more police, mobile fencing

Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

A panel appointed by Congress to review security measures at the Capitol is recommending several changes, including mobile fencing and a bigger Capitol police force, to safeguard the area after a riotous mob breached the building on Jan. 6.

Why it matters: Law enforcement officials have warned there could be new plots to attack the area and target lawmakers, including during a speech President Biden is expected to give to a joint session of Congress.

Financial fallout from the Texas deep freeze

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Texas has thawed out after an Arctic freeze last month threw the state into a power crisis. But the financial turmoil from power grid shock is just starting to take shape.

Why it matters: In total, electricity companies are billions of dollars short on the post-storm payments they now owe to the state's grid operator. There's no clear path for how they will pay — something being watched closely across the country as extreme weather events become more common.

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