2014-07-22T221054Z_1_LYNXMPEA6L10H_RTROPTP_2_USA-OBAMA

U.S. Senate Democrats cut $1 billion from Obama border request

U.S. President Obama greets U.S. Vice President Biden before signing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act at the White House in WashingtonBy Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democrats on Tuesday proposed cutting $1 billion from President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion emergency funding request to deal with a surge of some 57,000 undocumented Central American children across the southern border. Obama on July 8 asked lawmakers to approve $3.7 billion to bolster border security and speed deportation proceedings, but Congress has yet to take action on the request. At a luncheon on Tuesday, Senate Democrats discussed what their response should be. “Based on a review of what is needed…to meet needs at the border, the bill reduces the president’s request by $1 billion,” said Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski.

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