House Republicans are considering a plan that would deploy the National Guard to the border, change trafficking laws and beef up judicial and law enforcement resources in response to the surge of child migrants into the United States.
A GOP working group on border issues briefed members Wednesday on their policy recommendations for the emergency funding bill, which lawmakers are scrambling to finish before they leave town for a five-week summer recess.
Republicans were adamant that policy changes must be part of the spending package, setting up a standoff with Democrats who have declared them a non-starter.
“What the president’s asking for is a blank check,” said Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). “Without trying to fix the problem, I don’t know how we’re in the position to give the president any more money.”