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WASHINGTON — Republicans and Democrats are pushing competing proposals for emergency U.S. border funding that are at odds with each other and could dim the prospect for a quick resolution to the flood of unaccompanied children being detained there.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Wednesday that Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., is working on a roughly $1.5 billion bill to provide emergency funds through the end of 2014 to stem the flow of undocumented minors along the Southwestern border. That's less than half what President Obama has requested.

Republicans intend to include new policies that would expedite the children's return. Since October, more than 57,000 minors have turned themselves in at the border The majority of them are from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, so they are not covered by expedited deportation procedures that apply to children from Mexico.

The announcement comes on the heels of Senate Democrats' late Tuesday announcement they are crafting a $2.7 billion emergency funding bill that is $1 billion less than the president's request, but includes no new policies to speed the children's return. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he hopes to vote on it next week.

The hardening divide makes it increasingly likely that lawmakers will head home for August without providing the money the Obama administration says it needs to address the immigration crisis.

"The administration ought to get their act together," Boehner said Wednesday. The White House had suggested at the outset that the president could support changing a 2008 law that would make it easier to return the children to their home countries. However, the administration has pulled back from that idea in the wake of opposition from immigration advocates and congressional Democrats.

"A few weeks ago, the president made some modest policy recommendations that should be part of any legislation to deal with this crisis. Unfortunately, the far left objected, and he's since wobbled," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Wednesday.

Republicans say the policy change is critical for their votes. Democrats say Obama has enough authority under existing law to expedite the process. Many Democrats have voiced concerns that expediting deportations could violate due process rights or provide insufficient time to apply for asylum.

It is unclear whether House GOP leaders have the votes to pass their own bill. Many conservative lawmakers are wary of voting for more federal spending, and House Democrats are less likely to vote for a bill that includes the GOP's policy recommendations. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., already said he couldn't support it, complaining that Obama has turned the U.S. into the "world's sugar daddy."

Congressional leaders maintain they want to resolve the impasse before they adjourn for a month, but so far there is no sign of thawing between the two positions. There are only five legislative days remaining before the break. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has warned lawmakers that critical federal agencies dealing with the crisis, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement, will begin to run out of money by mid-August.

Johnson reiterated Tuesday that "doing nothing in Congress is not an option."

Contributing: The Associated Press

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