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.

NOGALES, AZ - JUNE 18: Boys wait in line to make a phone call as they are joined by hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children that are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center on June 18, 2014, in Nogales, Arizona. Brownsville, Texas, and Nogales, have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1. (Photo by Ross D. Franklin-Pool/Getty Images)
National Journal
Michael Catalini, Sarah Mimms and Peter Bell
Michael Catalini Sarah Mimms Peter Bell
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.

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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