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Short of votes, House abandons border bill at last minute

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The House abandoned efforts to pass a bill to deal with the surge in migrants on the southern U.S. border Thursday.

House Republicans, who had authored a plan to spend $659 million on humanitarian aid as well as additional border security and judges, failed to garner enough support among their rank and file to come up with the 218 votes needed for passage.

They plan to adjourn today until Sept. 8, which virtually guarantees no action on legislation until after the August recess.

Republicans had to pass the bill entirely on their own because no Democrats were likely to support the bill, because it included language to change a 2008 law so that federal officials could more quickly deport unaccompanied children who have come here by the tens of thousands from Central American nations.

“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,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said after the bill was pulled from the floor.

The GOP was not able to pull in enough votes despite promising a faction of conservative Republicans a separate vote on legislation to curb an executive action by President Obama in 2012 that allows young people who came here illegally as children to avoid deportation.

Republicans earlier today were hopeful they could come up with the votes, but many conservatives wanted the the separate vote on the executive action included in the main legislation so that the Senate would be forced to consider it.

The Senate is expected to take up its own border security bill, worth $2.7 billion, before adjourning on Friday. They’ll break out a provision providing money to Israel to fund its Iron Dome missile defense system, which has wide bipartisan support.

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Susan Ferrechio

Chief Congressional Correspondent
The Washington Examiner

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