Latest news: The crisis at the US-Mexico border

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When asked if the border bill will pass before lawmakers leave for Fourth of July recess, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was confident.

“Yeah, we’re going to pass it this week,” he said.

He acknowledged it “will require some cooperation” from Democrats “but we hope to get it,” he said in a brief interview in the Capitol. 

A few minutes earlier on the Senate floor, he blamed House Democrats for being “consistently uncooperative” on this issue and said the Senate bill is a “productive compromise” that will “go a long way to begin addressing the border compromise.”

Here’s what McConnell said in his floor speech:

“House Democrats have been consistently uncooperative and uninterested in anything except political posturing. They have talked endlessly about the suffering at the border but have resisted every effort to actually make a law and get help on the way,” he continued. “The Senate has a better and more bipartisan way forward.”

He added: “No poison pills; just a clean bill to provide the emergency appropriations the White House requested two months ago. We have waited long enough to act. We should not wait any longer. We must pass this measure this week.”

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