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House Fails To Pass Immigration Bill, Asks Obama To Act Alone

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House Fails To Pass Immigration Bill, Asks Obama To Act Alone

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House Republicans pulled their embattled immigration legislation on Thursday, after failing to find enough Republicans to vote for the pared-down funding bill. The embarrassing defeat for Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) greatly increases the odds that the House will not do anything to act on the border crisis before leaving Washington for its August recess.

The Republican majority will hold a conference meeting at 3pm EST, after which House leaders will announce whether they will try again to hold a vote.

The House had planned to vote on two separate measures before leaving town: A $659 million funding bill to respond to the humanitarian crisis at the border, and a bill that would bar President Obama from expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which grants temporary work permits and relief from deportation for some young immigrants. But House leaders failed to gather the 218 votes needed to move forward.

Ironically, Speaker Boehner — who, one day earlier, advanced his plan to sue President Obama for allegedly exceeding his authority with executive orders — urged President Obama to act alone on securing the border. In a statement, Boehner and fellow House leaders Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Steve Scalise (R-LA), and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), said:

This situation shows the intense concern within our conference – and among the American people – about the need to ensure the security of our borders and the president’s refusal to faithfully execute our laws. There are numerous steps the president can and should be taking right now, without the need for congressional action, to secure our borders and ensure these children are returned swiftly and safely to their countries. For the past month, the House has been engaged in intensive efforts to pass legislation that would compel the president to do his job and ensure it can be done as quickly and compassionately as possible. Through an inclusive process, a border bill was built by listening to members and the American people that has the support not just of a majority of the majority in the House, but most of the House Republican Conference. We will continue to work on solutions to the border crisis and other challenges facing our country.

The House’s failure to gather enough votes for the bill represents a huge defeat in the first legislative test for McCarthy, the new majority leader, and Scalise, the new whip. The pair were apparently outmaneuvered by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), who reportedly met with more than a dozen House Republicans on Wednesday night to press them to oppose leadership’s bill.

Even if the House had passed either bill, neither would have had any chance of becoming law. The $659 million in the House bill fell far short of the $3.7 billion President Obama had requested to confront the the growing funding crisis at the border, as well as the $2.7 billion in the bill advanced by the Senate on Wednesday. Additionally, as David Rogers pointed out in Politico, the bill contained very little money for hiring additional immigration judges, and no money for legal representation for the children at the border. Instead, it focused on expediting the deportation process by mandating that children coming from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala face a court hearing within a week of being screened by child welfare officials, and that the judge make a ruling within 72 hours of the end of the hearing.

The White House had vowed that President Obama would veto the House bill if it somehow reached his desk, saying in a statement that it “could make the situation worse, not better.”

The second bill, which would have barred President Obama from taking an executive action expanding DACA, existed purely to placate Tea Party conservatives who did not want to vote for leadership’s funding bill. As a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent before the vote, “If the House passed the DACA provision, it would go straight into the trash and never get a vote.”

This story has been updated.

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Henry Decker

Henry Decker was formerly the Managing Editor of The National Memo. He is currently an Online Associate at MRCampaigns.

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44 Comments

  1. Mortalc01l July 31, 2014

    We’re suing you for acting alone and using too many executive orders… Now do this yourself, we’re off on vacation. The stench of hypocrisy and stupidity clings to Republicans like a leech to a dogs scrotum.

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    1. dpaano July 31, 2014

      I don’t even think leeches would go anywhere near a House representative!!!

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      1. jointerjohn July 31, 2014

        That would amount to cannibalism.

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      2. Faraday_Cat July 31, 2014

        Because they don’t eat their own?

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    2. Du99y August 1, 2014

      We’re 2 years out before the end of the Obama Administration, and he has around 1/2 of the Executive orders that Bush used. Nobody tried to impeach Bush for the war crimes he pulled off.

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      1. Dominick Vila August 1, 2014

        Or Reagan who had 4 times the number of EOs that Obama has issued, and who did not hesitate to deal with the Ayatollahs (Iran-Contra) to raise money to help stop the spread of socialism in Central America after Congress refuse to appropriate funds to support his crusade in that part of the world.

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      2. Gregg Mcphedrain August 7, 2014

        of course – bush wasn’t ignoring the constitution for political expediency – he showed up to fight the war he got us in and was more of a President that this liberal whore from Kenya could ever hope to be…
        but hey = let’s ignore history and talk about it like a NBA game (where you probably can recite facts stats and things that don’t matter correctly)

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    3. Dominick Vila August 1, 2014

      In addition to their hypocrisy, their political cowardice shows every time they open their mouths.

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  2. Blueberry Hill July 31, 2014

    I would love to see the President keep the House in session until they pass the Senate version of the immigration Bill, and keep the Senate in session until all nominees are confirmed. Go for it, Mr. President!

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    1. stcroixcarp July 31, 2014

      If he did they would use the time to impeach him for them missing their vacations!

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      1. Blueberry Hill July 31, 2014

        It is in the Constitution that the President can call congress back to work if they have not finished their work, etc. Let them try to impeach him for that. Calling them back to work is not an impeachable offense. Actually, he has done nothing that is an impeachable offense. If they did try it anyway, it would never make it thru the Senate.

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        1. stcroixcarp July 31, 2014

          What you say is true, but to this lazy bunch in congress, missing a vacation that includes whining and dining with wealthy campaign donors is an impeachable offence.

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          1. Blueberry Hill July 31, 2014

            This bunch of toddlers need to learn that just because they say so, doesn’t make it true, or that they can do it.

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          2. Dominick Vila August 1, 2014

            This vacation is all about campaigning and raising money, which is the only thing Republican elected officials do.

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      2. FT66 August 1, 2014

        Missing their vacations!!! Are they now distorting the meaning of “vacation”? They do not need even a single day for vacation. All carry the title of do nothing Congress. What is the vacation for? Vacation is taken after a person had worked hard and need to relax a little bit, and come later afresh to finish what was left behind undone.

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  3. dpaano July 31, 2014

    I think they should not be allow to go on break until they pass an immigration bill! This is ridiculous….what in heck do we pay them for? They don’t seem to care about what the majority of the American people want!

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    1. Daniel Jones July 31, 2014

      You pay them to keep you distracted, weak, and scared.
      At least that’s what they think.

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      1. imabrummie July 31, 2014

        Do they actually think? I did not know that!

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  4. Mrtjh July 31, 2014

    What an petutie

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  5. ms July 31, 2014

    They are ALWAYS on vacation. REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER

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    1. Faraday_Cat July 31, 2014

      Always on vacation, but never “actually” in recess, so no recess appointments, either…DON’T FORGET

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  6. howa4x July 31, 2014

    Boehner wants it both ways, and is behaving like one with a multiple personality. He is appears like a cartoon character with a head that spins around, saying one thing on one day and the opposite on another. What is for sure is that he has lost his house majority to Ted Cruz, who doesn’t even sit there which is comical and at the same time tragic. So now with the country in the midst of a border crisis the house heads home. If I was Pelosi I would have the democrats stay and convene a special secession, and since they would be the only ones there, vote to suspend the house rules. Then bring the 2.7 billion senate bill to a vote and pass it. That would be a pie in the face for weeping John Boehner. I don’t care what they say about Obama the speaker is the national wimp!!

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    1. jointerjohn July 31, 2014

      Legislating is made up of negotiation, compromise and conciliation. House republicans are as well suited for those things as a fish is for riding a bicycle

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  7. jmprint July 31, 2014

    Somebody need to tell Boehner that his republican house conference aren’t the only American People that pay taxes. For some reason he thinks we don’t have a voice.

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    1. Blueberry Hill July 31, 2014

      VOTE THIS BUNCH OF LUNATICS OUT — That is the best way to show them that we DO have a voice.

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      1. DurdyDawg August 4, 2014

        Let’s vote the knuckle draggers out so that we can say (with glee) “Boner is a Goner”.. (damn! I left my laugh machine on the bus).

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  8. DezJimmar July 31, 2014

    The Cuban/Canadian Senator from Texas again strikes fear in the heart of the Republican leader of the house. Pathetic!

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  9. Mr. Rene A. Lujan Sr. July 31, 2014

    *********** ************
    …so much in longing search: to identify ‘true’ & legitimate’ exchange of dialogue, from aspiring or entrenched ‘politicians’…where the discussion rings faithful to the ‘actual’ accommodation for solutions in ‘ideas’ honest men & women, in their common purpose, do become ‘courageous’…and, do not fault in dis-unity & disvalued of ‘duty’ to objective-purpose, in their sacred ‘trust’ – now forgotten, in disdained rhetoric within the very ‘people’ whose ‘oath’ defines “character” from “ego” between them…&…where party ‘economic’ advantage, makes not the distinct difference, but ‘revision’ in ‘standards’ with collaborative ‘colleagues’ to be established & defended at-all-cost…would create its “body” for governance & excellence, in such a Nation: rich in scruples, fortified in its institutions, assured of an idealistic reality, resolute to a future, constant to a make-up of one’s origins & values…leaving not one “ideal” or sacrifice of “truth” behind, for the sake of ‘amoral’ gratitude in comfort-security for career, status, influence, intransigent voice…or, affronted ‘loyalty’ to the ‘few’ & not the ‘whole’ in our ‘Democratic-Universe’…
    ************************************************************************************

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  10. Angel Perea July 31, 2014

    THE INCONVENIENT TRUTH: The “new” speaker pathetic Cruz, the hypocritical foreign Cuban born in Canada that meddled with the radical republican clowns in House are at again! Just like they obstructed to close down ourgovt. to waste $26K and now these same hypocrites are exploiting another situation for political gain. I recall President Reagan stating in 1984 in a President debate, “I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and have live here even though they may have entered illegally.” Isn’t ironic some of these law makers that are blocking responsible action to address this “human tragedy of children
    fleeing violence! ”Then, these political clowns insult our intelligence by
    bragging that somehow their establishing of a record for not passing
    responsible legislation and lowest rating with their continued obstruction! Now since they got tired of doing nothing they go on paid vacation is an
    achievement of some kind that merits reelection? Please….. http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/politics/2014/07/31/inside-politics-nd-border-battle.cnn&hpt=po_c2&video_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2FPOLITICS%2F#/video/politics/2014/07/31/inside-politics-nd-border-battle.cnn
    & http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/31/politics/congress-immigration/index.html

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  11. Pamby50 July 31, 2014

    Priceless!! That is all.

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  12. James Bowen July 31, 2014

    No bill addressing this border crisis should be passed unless it also specifically repeals DACA and explicitly prohibits the President from giving work permits to illegal aliens.

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    1. Blueberry Hill July 31, 2014

      The “work permits” are a figment of the imagination of the tbaggers. There is no such plan to do that, and the President has said no such thing. Don’t forget, we are dealing with a bunch of lying tbaggers. They lie and make up anything they can think of to cause grief for the President.

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      1. James Bowen July 31, 2014

        Are you kidding? The President has already given work permits to DACA’ees, and last weekend the press was filled with reports that he is about to do it for 5-6 million illegal aliens.

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  13. Carol Jeanneret July 31, 2014

    Of course Bonehead would not do anything….they want President Obama to make an executive decision so they can start their Impeachment process as soon as they think they will gain control of the house and senate. I just hope the Democrats turn out in record numbers so we can get rid of these Tea Party/Republicans in both the House and the Senate….also in Ohio’s house and senate. These do-nothing moochers need to hit the road! They have done NOTHING but obstruct and ignored what the American people want. I’m fed up with paying them and footing the bill for all their bogus investigations and law suits!!!!!!

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  14. Blueberry Hill July 31, 2014

    VOTE THIS BAND OF IDIOTS OUT IN NOVEMBER ! VOTE BLUE TO MAKE SURE WE ARE RID OF THEM.
    These self-serving lunatics don’t give a damn about us.. They only want to destroy the government and us at the behest of their supreme bosses, the Kochroaches.
    WE CANNOT FIX STUPID, BUT WE CAN VOTE THEM OUT OF ALL OUR GOVERNMENTS FROM LOCAL TO DC.

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    1. stcroixcarp July 31, 2014

      Do not call them idiots. That absolves them from responsibility for their bad behavior. Tell it like it is. The republican congress is using racism, obstructionism, and bigotry as political strategy. They know exactly what they are doing to this country, and have chosen it anyway.

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      1. Blueberry Hill July 31, 2014

        Sorry, just watch them awhile, they are idiots. That doesn’t absolve them from the hate and bigotry, and obstruction they are doing because they are such idiots they think we won’t notice.

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  15. Jack August 1, 2014

    You Democrat cry babies have been claiming everybody but the Democrats are racist, obstructionist bigots and political hacks. When in reality it’s your own socialist bunch of morons that are screwing up the country, Obama has

    planned this immigration nonsense from the beginning and you bunch of air-heads put him in office twice, your not true Americans you are anarchists. Your also the biggest free loaders in the country, you may fool the young pot smoking hippies that make up the Democrat party but you don’t fool the real Americans that have loyalty to their country, while the whole Democrat base would sell their Mother for a free bag of pot.
    When this country goes down the pooper you will be the first to turn on the very amateurs you have elected, like Harry Reid. You know if I hated this country as much as you Democrats I almost wish the country did go under so you raving maniacs get what’s coming to you. FTWBOY.

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    1. DurdyDawg August 1, 2014

      Did anybody ever tell you how pathetic you are? Your mama aughtta be ashamed.

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      1. midway54 August 1, 2014

        “Did anybody ever tell you how pathetic you are?”

        Of course not….he has likely been cheered on by his fellow ignorant dupes as vulnerable as he is to the rightwing neofascist propaganda washing over the Country.

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      2. Jack August 1, 2014

        Hey DurdyDawg, unlike you I don’t have my head up my derriere like you and the Obama lovers do.
        Somebody once said you should respect the office of president but not the man, and I agree with that but when you have a man that promises the world but delivers nothing but chaos respect for him goes out the window.
        So for your enlightenment go ask your Mommy what the word “derriere” means.
        You may just be right I might be pathetic, but i’ll settle for that, it’s far better than being a ignorant and uninformed
        puppet like you and your hero BO it even smells bad. Go and spend some of those food stamps and make a few call to you friends on your free cell phone.

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        1. DurdyDawg August 4, 2014

          You don’t know my likes and dislikes jackoff so don’t think your all that. You assume anyone who threatens your paper reality is a moocher.. I’ve earned every penny I’ve made, I never expected nor wanted welfare/food stamps but I’ll tell you this, I will agree that those in need use these means, at least I know that my tax money is going to Americans and not being blown to hell over some foreign country or given to the oil cartel or earmarked to make up for the outrageous tax breaks and loopholes that the moocher wealthy uses on a daily basis. And you, OMG, you are like the little engine that couldn’t, so you gleefully sniff those neocon butts hoping that something brown might ‘trickle’ down to you.

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  16. DurdyDawg August 1, 2014

    “Speaker Boehner — who, one day earlier, advanced
    his plan to sue President Obama for allegedly exceeding his authority
    with executive orders — urged President Obama to act alone on securing
    the border”.

    I stress to the president, do not do this? Make the moochers work on it after their summer Cancun break otherwise when they return they will swear they never said to proceed thus sue you for over-stepping your authority once again.. Get to know these bums for what they are.. Useless manipulative moocher meat sacks.

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  17. Lynda Groom August 1, 2014

    Apparently the poor Speaker has still not learned the art of herding cats. His own caucas is the problem, not the democrats. Apparently asking Nancy for help in passing something is still toxic for Boehner. Is anyone surprised by the inaction of this wonderful House of fools?

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