June 26, 2019
Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on House priority changes to the Senate border supplemental, which the Rules Committee will report out as an amendment to the Senate bill tomorrow morning:
“The humanitarian emergency at our southern border challenges the conscience of America, and we must act.
“For the children, we must do the best we can.
“For the children’s health, we must ensure higher standards for medical care, nutrition and hygiene.
“For the children’s safety, we must limit the number of days a child can spend in an influx facility to 90 days, and hold contractors to strong influx facility standards of care.
“For the children’s well-being, we must compensate faith-based and non-profit organizations and local governments that are meeting the needs of children.
“For the children’s comfort, we must establish a migrant processing center pilot program which is culturally, linguistically and religiously appropriate for families and children.
“For the children, we must ensure accountability and transparency so we can know the truth: requiring that any death of a child be reported within 24 hours, that there be no advance notice required for a Member of Congress to visit a facility and that funding can only be used for the purposes specifically described in the bill.
“We pray that the White House and the Senate will join us in embracing the children and meeting their needs.”