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Why one Republican said no to the border bill

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A key House Republican who did not support a GOP bill to address the border crisis had three problems with it.

In a phone conversation last night, Rep. Mo Brooks, R.-Ala., discussed extensively his opposition to the immigration supplemental that House Leadership abruptly pulled yesterday.

Republicans are currently in a closed-door meeting discussing their next step on this front. So Brooks’ comments may give some insight into the thinking behind the “No” caucus.

Brooks listed his three dealbreakers:

• He wanted one bill and one vote, meaning no standalone vote on ending President Obama's deferred deportations program for people brought illegally to the U.S. as minors.

• He wanted at least 24 hours (and preferably 48) between the bill’s introduction and its vote.

• He didn't want any votes on Senate amendments to the House bill unless the majority of the House Republican conference okays it.

Brooks also listed a few things that he said would make him more comfortable voting for an immigration package.

These include a change to the deferred deportation program and tougher asylum provisions, he said. He also called for provisions that make the National Guard focus on patrolling the border and not caring for children.

Brooks said he met with about a dozen like-minded Republican colleagues yesterday, most of whom would have voted against the package, and that he’ll meet with them again today after the caucus meeting. They share many of his concerns and priorities, he said.

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Betsy Woodruff

Political Writer
The Washington Examiner

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