House OKs bill for crisis on US-Mexico border 

click to enlarge Rep. James P. McGovern, D-Mass., left, speaks with House Rules Committee Chairman Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, as the panel met to take the procedural steps to bring a new legislative package to the floor to deal with the influx of migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border. - AP PHOTO/J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE
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  • Rep. James P. McGovern, D-Mass., left, speaks with House Rules Committee Chairman Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, as the panel met to take the procedural steps to bring a new legislative package to the floor to deal with the influx of migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The House has approved a $694 million bill to address the crisis of unaccompanied migrant youths arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The GOP legislation passed 223-189 late Friday on a nearly party-line vote. Last-minute changes won support from conservative holdouts who had forced GOP leaders to pull the bill from the floor a day earlier.

The bill would increase spending for National Guard at the border and add immigration judges and detention facilities.

It makes policy changes so that the migrant kids could be sent home more quickly.

But with the Senate already out of session for the summer, the bill stands no chance of becoming law.

Democrats call it a sham proceeding, and President Barack Obama says he'll have to act on his own.

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