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House to remain in session until border bill passes

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The House of Representatives will not adjourn for a five-week recess until it holds a vote on legislation addressing the surge of migrants at the U.S. border, lawmakers said after leaving a closed-door meeting.

The GOP leadership has not made an official announcement, but according to those in the room, a vote could come sometime Thursday or Friday.

It’s not clear yet whether members will consider the bill that was pulled from the floor today or devise a new one that has broader appeal to the House GOP and can garner the 218 votes needed for passage.

“All 234 members want to get a border resolution,” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said after leaving a closed-door meeting with GOP lawmakers. “So we are going to stay in till we get it done. I’m comfortable it will be before we leave and I’m sure we’ll be leaving tomorrow.”

According to Issa, some members in the meeting who previously refused to vote for the $659 million border package authored by the GOP are now willing to support it.

But it’s also possible the House will pen new legislation that has stronger border security components in order to appeal to the conference’s right flank.

Many of those members want stronger language requiring President Obama to end a 2012 executive action that permits young people who came here as children illegally to avoid deportation for two years.

Opponents say this change in the law has become a lure for Central American migrants who have flooded the border by the tens of thousands since last year. The border bill does not include a call to end the executive order, but the House had planned a separate vote on it.

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Susan Ferrechio

Chief Congressional Correspondent
The Washington Examiner

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