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President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as the next ambassador to the United Nations publicly broke with him on climate change, stating at her Senate confirmation hearing that she believes fossil fuels and human behavior contribute to the planet’s shifting weather phenomena — but stopping short of endorsing a return to international pacts like the Paris Climate Agreement. Kelly Knight Craft stressed to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that “human behavior has contributed to the change in climate, let there be no doubt.” But Craft rejected urging the United States to make a return to the Paris agreement, warning that such pacts could “imperil” American jobs.

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill to send $4.6 billion in aid to the southwestern border, as federal agencies there warn that they will run out of money to house and cope with the flow of Central American immigrants. The agreement, which the committee advanced 30-1, allocates about $2.9 billion for the care of migrant children and $1.3 billion to improve facilities at the border. The agreement also includes oversight provisions sought by Democrats, including prohibiting the Office of Refugee Resettlement from sharing information with immigration officials about people who take custody of unaccompanied children. The restriction was designed to prevent authorities from using the process of locating a family member or guardian of a migrant child as a backdoor means of finding immigrants in the U.S. illegally.

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