The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved a $4.6 billion bill to address the migrant surge at the border with Mexico, setting up a negotiation with the House of Representatives and President Donald Trump over the funds and how they should be spent.
Trump on May 1 requested the aid for programs that house, feed, transport and oversee record numbers of Central American families seeking
asylum in the United States and straining capacity at migrant shelters in border cities.
The Republican president, who spoke with Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday, told reporters he believed Pelosi "wants to get something done." He was optimistic about a congressional solution to help U.S. officials at the border who say they are overwhelmed by the surge of migrants.