Formal House and Senate negotiations are set to begin tomorrow over the President's demand that Congress appropriate more than $8 BILLION in additional Fiscal Year 2019 funding for border security, a demand that famously includes a request for a $5.7 BILLION appropriation for construction of a wall along the border between the United States and Mexico.
House Conferees. Appointed as House conferees on H.J. Res. 31 are Representatives Nita Lowey (D-NY), Lucile Roybal-Allard (D-CA), David Price (D-NC), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Pete Aguilar (D-CA), Kay Granger (R-TX), Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), Thomas Graves (R-GA), and Steven Palazzo (R-MS).
Senate Conferees. Appointed as Senate conferees on H.J. Res. 31 are Senators Richard Shelby (R-AL); Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV); John Hoeven (R-ND); Roy Blunt (R-MO); Patrick Leahy (D-VT); Richard Durbin (D-IL); and Jon Tester (D-MT).
Matters to be Settled. The matters that conferees will need to resolve can be divided into three categories: funding matters requested by the President, policy matters he requested, and unknown matters that could be injected into the conference.
Most of the differences between the House- and Senate-passed versions of the Fiscal Year 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations Act were worked out last year by the members of the two committees. Many of those agreements are reflected in a Draft Committee Report released last week by Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL).
- Funding Matters Requested by the President. The President has requested the following items that were not contained in the agreement reached last year by House and Senate appropriators:
- Policy Matters Requested by the President. The President has requested the following changes in law to implement new immigration policies: