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February 8, 2016

Earnest Slams House Border Bill as Insufficient, Unworkable

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest slammed the House GOP’s $659 million border crisis package Tuesday as too skimpy to address the crisis and containing partisan provisions that could prove unworkable, although he stopped short of a veto threat.

Earnest said House Republicans haven’t treated the border crisis with the same level of “urgency” as President Barack Obama, who requested $3.7 billion for the border crisis. And he ripped the GOP for not adding funding for wildfires or for Israel’s Iron Dome.

In particular, Earnest opposed a requirement that unauthorized immigrant children get a judicial review within seven days, a provision he said was “arbitrary.” He said that what the White House wanted was more flexibility in dealing with the children related to a 2008 law, not less.

But when asked whether the president would veto the bill, Earnest said the White House is still reviewing it.

Earlier, House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., said some Democrats might back the package but GOP leaders will be “throwing dice” if they need their votes.

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