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Senator Mitch McConnell Rejects House Migrant Aid Bill

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is rejecting changes that House Democrats want in a multi-billion dollar border bill.

Instead, the Kentucky Republican says it's time for the House to accept a bipartisan package overwhelmingly approved by the Senate and send it to President Donald Trump for his signature.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her chamber's Democrats want to add provisions to the Senate measure that would strengthen standards of care for detained migrant families and children.

But McConnell said Thursday on the Senate floor that his chamber's measure "is the only game in town." He said the Trump administration might make administrative changes reflecting some of the House's demands.

But with Congress hoping to address public pressure to improve conditions for thousands of migrants, McConnell says it's time to approve the Senate legislation.

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