A controversial bill funding aid for migrants at the southern border split lawmakers even within parties.
With brutal migrant conditions on the border in the spotlight this week, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi expressed a need to strengthen rules pertaining to treatment of refugees, some of whom are being held in conditions likened to concentration camps, according to the Associated Press.
These proposals saw swift backlash from Senate majority leadership and Vice President Mike Pence, and the GOP-controlled Senate put forward its own $4.6 billion version of the border bill.
The House took up the vote on the Senate bill on Thursday, despite concerns from progressive Democrats it wouldn’t go far enough. The bill would fund food and shelter for migrants and provide care to unaccompanied children at the border.
The bill ultimately passed 305-102, a far more divided chamber than the Senate, which passed the bill 84-8. The move to take up the Senate’s version drew harsh criticism from progressive lawmakers in the House, including Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar.
Without policy in place to improve treatment of refugees, Omar tweeted the bill is condoning family separation.
But not all Democrats were as opposed. Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips voted in favor of the bill, later issuing a statement in support
“This is an urgent crisis and the funding bill that passed today was the quickest and best way to make sure these children get relief," the statement reads. "Like most deals, it was not perfect, but we were sent here to put partisanship aside and answer the call to get things done when there is a crisis of this magnitude."
So how did all of Minnesota’s members of Congress vote on the immigration aid bill?
Rep. Angie Craig (D)
Rep. Jim Hagedorn (R)
Rep. Collin Peterson (D)
Rep. Dean Phillips (D)
Rep. Peter Stauber (R)
Sen. Tina Smith (D)
Rep. Betty McCollum (D)
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D)
Did not vote:
Rep. Tom Emmer (R)
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D)