Poll: How Much Money Should Congress Approve for the Border Crisis?

Nearly 70 percent of Democratic Political Insiders call for the full $3.7 billion Obama requested.

National Journal
Peter Bell, Sarah Mimms and Michael Catalini
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Peter Bell Sarah Mimms and Michael Catalini
July 25, 2014, 1 a.m.

Q: How much money should Con­gress ap­prove to ad­dress the un­ac­com­pan­ied-minor crisis at the bor­der?

DEMO­CRATS (85 VOTES)

More than $3.7 bil­lion: 13%
The $3.7 bil­lion Pres­id­ent Obama re­ques­ted: 69%
Less than $3.7 bil­lion: 18%
None: 0%

More than $3.7 bil­lion

“$3.7 bil­lion will fly out the door, and there will be an al­most im­me­di­ate need for more. He should ask for $5 bil­lion.”

The $3.7 bil­lion Pres­id­ent Obama re­ques­ted

“They want him to take re­spons­ib­il­ity — should he run a car wash to pay for it? The GOP’s look­ing fairly fool­ish in this de­bacle.”

Boys wait in line to make a phone call at the Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion No­gales Place­ment Cen­ter in No­gales, Ari­zona.  (Ross D. Frank­lin-Pool/Getty Im­ages)

“What part of ‘thou­sands of des­per­ate chil­dren kept in vir­tu­al pris­on by them­selves’ sounds like it doesn’t de­serve ser­i­ous money and at­ten­tion?”

“If we had com­pre­hens­ive im­mig­ra­tion re­form, this hu­man­it­ari­an crisis would be un­ne­ces­sary.”

“This is defin­i­tion­al for who we are as Amer­ic­ans. For once, we should just do the right thing, re­gard­less of the polit­ics.”

Less than $3.7 bil­lion

“There will need to be a com­prom­ise down to get it passed.”

Q: How much money should Con­gress ap­prove to ad­dress the un­ac­com­pan­ied-minor crisis at the bor­der?

RE­PUB­LIC­ANS (82 VOTES)

More than $3.7 bil­lion: 5%
The $3.7 bil­lion Pres­id­ent Obama re­ques­ted: 15%
Less than $3.7 bil­lion: 70%
None: 10%

More than $3.7 bil­lion

“Should spend more than $3.7 bil­lion and deal with the crisis that caused this prob­lem.”

“Se­cure the bor­der.”

The $3.7 bil­lion Pres­id­ent Obama re­ques­ted

“By do­ing the ex­act amount re­ques­ted, they re­move Obama’s latest ex­cuse. It will also help cla­ri­fy that this is hap­pen­ing in large part be­cause of Obama’s policies and the ex­pect­a­tions he’s cre­ated.”

“Fund the full re­quest with para­met­ers and clear met­rics.”

Less than $3.7 bil­lion

“No more blank checks for this pres­id­ent will pass in Con­gress.”

“Every day this crisis con­tin­ues, every day the pres­id­ent looks less like a lead­er and more like a whiner. Giv­ing him something but less than he wants will just keep up this cycle.”

“It is not a money is­sue.”

None

“None at this time un­til we un­der­stand the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s strategy and ob­ject­ives.”

“It’s a point­less re­quest since there is no plan to deal with this dis­aster. Whatever is ap­proved will briefly oil the bur­eau­cracy, with no pos­it­ive im­pact.”

… … … . .

Demo­crat­ic Polit­ic­al In­siders  Jill Alp­er, John An­za­lone, Brad Ban­non, Dave Beat­tie, Andy Bech­hoe­fer, Cor­nell Belch­er, Matt Ben­nett, Mitchell W. Ber­ger, Mike Ber­man, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brath­waite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brew­er, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bon­nie Camp­bell, Bill Car­rick, Guy Cecil, Mar­tin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Co­hen, Jerry Craw­ford, Jeff Daniel­son, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott De­Fife, Jim De­mers, Tad Dev­ine, Dav­id Di Mar­tino, Debbie Din­gell, Mon­ica Dix­on, Patrick Dor­ton, Pat Du­jakovich, An­ita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve El­men­d­orf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Fer­son, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Fo­ley, Jef­frey For­bes, Vin­cent Fril­lici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Mi­chael Gonza­lez, Joe Grand­mais­on, Anna Green­berg, Stan Green­berg, Pat Griffin, Larry Griso­lano, Mi­chael Gron­stal, Lisa Grove, Mar­cia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Har­poot­li­an, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hat­t­away, Mike Henry, Kar­en Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Har­old Ickes, Mar­cus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jard­ing, Jona­thon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kauf­man, Lisa Koun­toupes, Celinda Lake, Dav­id Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Le­hane, Jeff Link, Bob Malo­ney, Jim Man­ley, Steve Marchand, Jim Mar­gol­is, Paul Maslin, Keith Ma­son, Susan Mc­Cue, Ger­ald McEntee, Steve McMa­hon, Tom McMa­hon, Phil Mc­Namara, Dav­id Med­ina, Mi­chael Mee­han, Mark Mell­man, John Mer­rigan, Mi­chael Mon­roe, Steve Murphy, Janet Na­pol­it­ano, Dav­id Nas­sar, Mar­cia Nich­ols, John Nor­ris, Tom Ochs, Tom O’Don­nell, Jef­frey Peck, De­bora Pig­na­telli, Tony Podesta, Je­frey Pol­lock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Re­iley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ric­chetti, Will Robin­son, Steve Rosenth­al, Dav­id Rudd, Ry­an Rudom­in­er, John Ry­an, Mi­chael Sar­geant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shu­maker, Sean Sin­clair, Phil Sing­er, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thor­nell, Jef­frey Tram­mell, Ed Tur­l­ing­ton, Rick Wien­er, James Wil­li­ams, JoDee Win­ter­hof, Bri­an Wolff, Jon Young­dahl, and Jim Zo­gby.

GOP Polit­ic­al In­siders  Dan Al­len, Stan An­der­son, Gary An­dres, Saul­i­us (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bain­wol, Bri­an Baker, Gary Bauer, Dav­id Beck­with, Paul Ben­necke, Clark Ben­son, Wayne Ber­man, Bri­an Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Bla­lock, Car­mine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bon­jean, Jeff Bu­ley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Carde­n­as, Danny Car­roll, Alex Cas­tel­lanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cic­coni, Jonath­an Col­le­gio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Cor­man, Scott Cot­ting­ton, Jay Cran­ford, Greg Crist, Di­ane Crookham-John­son, Fer­gus Cul­len, Tom Dav­is, Mike Den­nehy, Ken Duber­stein, Debi Durham, Sara Fa­gen, Frank Fahren­kopf, John Fee­hery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Ben­jamin Gins­berg, Dav­id Gir­ard-di­Carlo, Bill Green­er, Jonath­an Grella, Lanny Grif­fith, Janet Mullins Gris­som, Doug Gross, Todd Har­ris, Steve Hart, Chris­toph­er Healy, Ral­ph Hell­mann, Chris Hen­ick, Terry Holt, Dav­id Ian­nel­li, Ed Ingle, Jim In­no­cenzi, Clark Judge, Dav­id Keat­ing, Dav­id Ken­sing­er, Bob Kjel­lander, Ed Kut­ler, Chris La­Civ­ita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lom­bardo, Kev­in Mad­den, Joel Maiola, Gary Malo­ney, Dav­id Mar­in, Mary Matal­in, Dan Mat­toon, Bri­an Mc­Cor­mack, Mark McKin­non, Kyle Mc­Slar­row, Ken Mehl­man, Jim Mer­rill, Lisa Cam­ooso Miller, Tim Mor­ris­on, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nel­son, Neil Ne­w­house, Dav­id Nor­cross, Zi­ad Ojakli, Jack Oliv­er, Todd Olsen, Kev­in O’Neill, Con­nie Par­toy­an, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, Dav­id Rehr, Tom Reyn­olds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, Dav­id Roeder­er, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, An­drew Shore, Kev­in Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steep­er, Bob Steven­son, Terry Sul­li­van, Dav­id Tamasi, Eric Tan­en­blatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Tim­mons, War­ren Tomp­kins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Don­gen, Jan van Lo­huizen, Stew­art Ver­dery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee West­ine, Dave Win­ston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Mat­thew Zablud.

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