The debate over an emergency border aid bill divided some Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — and it’s unclear whether their relationship is frayed because of the clash.
As The Hill noted, the pair disagreed on the legislation that will keep money flowing to America’s southern border to help house illegal migrants who have made their way to the United States. The House passed a version of the bill on June 25, while the Senate did the same with a different version the following day after rejecting the House package.
Schumer was among 33 Democrats who supported the Senate’s updated bill, which passed 84-8 and set up a showdown between the two chambers on Capitol Hill. Pelosi initially pushed back at the Senate bill but eventually accepted it, which allowed the chamber to pass the legislation. President Donald Trump signed it into law on Monday.
Pelosi and Schumer, who are almost always on the same page, found themselves at odds. A key difference between the two sides was the addition of funds in the Senate bill allocated for the Department of Defense and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), according to NPR.
The House bill that initially passed prevented money from going to ICE and contained a provision to install more beds for migrants at the facilities in which they’re being kept near the border.
“This seems to be the only time I can remember in the last two years or three years where Sen. Schumer and Speaker Pelosi were not on the same page,” a House aide told The Hill.