Politics

$3.7B request for border crisis 'too much,' House chairman says

President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference after meeting with Gov. Rick Perry in Dallas about immigration on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. The president has made a $3.7 billion emergency request for the border crisis, but the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee says it's too much money and the House won't approve it.
President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference after meeting with Gov. Rick Perry in Dallas about immigration on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. The president has made a $3.7 billion emergency request for the border crisis, but the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee says it's too much money and the House won't approve it.
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The chairman of the House committee that controls spending says President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency request for the border crisis is too much money and the House won't approve it.

Congressman Hal Rogers, chairman of the Appropriations Committee, says there are some immediate needs to be met with the crisis of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children arriving at the border from Central America.

But the Kentucky Republican says there's not a need for the entire sum Obama is seeking, and that some of what the president is requesting is already being handled in Congress' regular spending bills.

Rogers' comments to reporters Friday underscore the challenges ahead as Obama pushes Congress to approve the money.