Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the United States House of Representatives
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Cracks in the House Democratic caucus showed Tuesday as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the chamber would “reluctantly pass” the Senate’s version of an emergency border aid bill.
The California Democrat said the House would move forward with the $4.6 billion Senate legislation in a vote later Thursday, following pressure from centrist members. The party’s liberal House members had insisted on including conditions for how the Trump administration treats children at detention centers as part of a separate bill it passed to fund the U.S. response to an influx of migrants at the southern border.
Congress is rushing to send money to the border before it leaves for its July 4 recess. The congressional spat over funding comes as Democrats criticize Trump for reports of dismal conditions for children detained at a U.S. facility in Texas.
“The children come first,” Pelosi wrote in a…