Washington (CNN)The House of Representatives is expected to vote Tuesday on legislation to approve roughly $4.5 billion in aid for the growing crisis at the US southern border — a vote that will come amid Democratic infighting over the package and a White House veto threat.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed Tuesday morning that Democrats will bring the border aid bill to the floor Tuesday, and she expects it to pass. The White House, however, has issued a veto threat, creating further uncertainty over whether and how a final package to address the situation at the border will make it into law. 100 children moved back to controversial Clint, Texas, facilityPelosi and House Democratic leadership, meanwhile, have been working to quell a progressive rebellion in their ranks over the bill, an unexpected wrinkle in the race to get the legislation passed and signed into law before a key agency — the Office of Refugee Resettlement — runs out of money at the end of the month. That’s not the only agency in desperate need of funding to stem the crisis at the border. The funding would also go to help other agencies and help manage the crisis. Read MoreHouse Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey, a Democrat from New York, unveiled proposed changes on Tuesday morning to the border aid bill, including strengthening requirements for the care of migrants in government custody and setting a time limit of 90 days for unaccompanied children to stay in temporary shelters.Pelosi acknowledged the back and forth over the bill but argued that helped make it the “strongest possible bill.” In a more than two-hour meeting on Monday night, House Democratic leaders and appropriators faced tough questions from rank-and-file members frustrated by House leadership’s strategy and the underlying border spending bill. It’s still an open question whether they can get enough support from liberals in the caucus. Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington, the co-chairwoman of the progressive caucus, told CNN on Tuesday that she is still not happy with the proposal as it is written and is pushing for additional changes. She said she still wants more protections for ensuring the Trump administration uses the money as it is directed and for the humanitarian crisis not to be redirected to fund an “anti-immigration, mass deportation agenda.”The White House veto threat, however, said that the administration “strongly opposes” the bill and argued that it “contains a number of problematic policy provisions that would hinder the administration’s efforts to enforce our immigration laws and protect children.” For now, it remains unclear whether the House and Senate will be able to come together on a proposal that the President is also willing to sign.The Senate still faces uncertainty on when they would pass their border supplemental bill, a separate proposal that doesn’t include some of the policy riders the House bill has and gives money to the Department of Defense, something that the House doesn’t do.The Senate has a bipartisan bill that would allocate a total of $4.59 billion for the border crisis. That bill passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee on a 30-1 vote last week. There is broad agreement on the package and appropriators feel good about the support in the Senate for their proposal.But the proposal has significant differences with the House bill and Republican leaders have not secured an agreement yet between Republicans and Democrats in the Senate to vote on it on the floor, which means the process could be dragged out. In a possible sign that the House and Senate may be able to find common ground, however, Pelosi referred to the Senate legislation as a “good bill,” in a House Democratic caucus meeting on Tuesday, according to a senior Democratic aide. “The Senate has a good bill,” Pelosi said at the meeting, according to the aide, though she then said, “Our bill is much better. But if we are going to prevail we have to have a good, strong vote.” “A vote against this bill is a vote for Donald Trump and his inhumane, outside-the-circle of civilized attitude toward the children,” Pelosi said, according to the aide.