"All week, Chairman Shelby and a number of our colleagues worked tirelessly to get a supplemental funding agreement for disaster relief over the finish line. He has prepared one thoughtful, good-faith, compromise offer after another.
"In fact, this has been going on for months now. Compromise offer after compromise offer from
"The president has indicated he supports it. So the
"Now, I am sorry that our House Democratic colleagues blocked commonsense efforts to include funding in this legislation for the ongoing humanitarian crisis down on the southern border. Despite days of negotiations,
"This wasn't money for the wall, or even for law enforcement. It was money so that the federal government could continue to house, feed, and care for the men, women, and children showing up on our southern border. Money for agencies that are currently running on fumes. This is money that is so uncontroversial that even The New York Times published an editorial entitled '
"Well, I'm sorry to say their political gamesmanship did hold up those resources. Apparently our House Democrat colleagues heard 'President Trump' and the word 'border' in the same sentence and decided they preferred no action at all to the sensible compromise that even
"But, nevertheless, we should celebrate the progress that we are making today. The
"Finally, the millions of Americans who have grappled with nature's worst are closer to receiving the supplemental aid they urgently need. The western communities that are still sorting through the ashes of last year's record-breaking wildfires. Our coastal states in the southeast, and
"So I am grateful and relieved that Chairman Shelby,