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February 14, 2016

Boehner Puts Onus on Democrats for Tenuous Status of Border Funding Bill

Boehner says the House lawsuit will focus on Obama's changes to the Affordable Care Act. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner says Democrats’ rejection of changes to 2008 trafficking law could complicate passage of border funding bill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House Republican Conference on Wednesday will hear task force recommendations on dealing with the surge of migrant children on the Texas border, Speaker John A. Boehner said Tuesday — but he cautioned that the president’s request for emergency funds will go nowhere if Democrats backpedal on support for expedited deportations.

“In order to resolve this crisis in a timely manner, however, the White House must engage both parties on constructive solutions,” the Ohio Republican said in a statement. “After first supporting common-sense changes to the 2008 law that is making it more difficult to resolve this crisis, the White House backpedaled and failed to include those changes in its formal request to Congress. Meanwhile, many Democrats in Congress have reversed themselves and now say no changes to the 2008 law are acceptable.

“As I said last week, I don’t believe the American people will support sending more money to the border unless both parties work together to address these policies and actually solve this problem,” he said.

“The lack of leadership from this White House, and President Obama’s refusal to stand up to critics in his own political party, are jeopardizing our ability to find common ground and help the kids who are caught in the middle of this crisis.”

Boehner wouldn’t hint at how much money Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., would propose, though Rogers has said previously that he did not expect the sum to reach the heights of $3.7 billion as President Barack Obama initially requested.

Nor would he say what recommendations he expects from the working group he tasked with crafting a response to the border crisis.

The group, chaired by Texas Republican Kay Granger, has not released its plan, but some of the seven members have at various points confirmed that policy proposals would include employing the National Guard, adding more immigration judges and tweaking a 2008 trafficking law to make it easier to send unaccompanied immigrant minors back to their countries.

Democrats have pushed back against changes to that 2008 law, however, and Boehner said in his statement that this has ultimately threatened passage of the whole appropriations bill.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is now articulating a harder line against tweaks to the law.

“I never like to draw a line in the sand,” she said at a news conference last week, “because unless you really can see the legislation — and that’s why I said … I’m open to see what is there … but what we have seen so far is going in the wrong direction.

“If they want Democratic votes,” Pelosi continued, “they’ve got to go more in the right direction.”



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  • Brenda Huddleston

    We should not agree to yet again another one-way funding for anything. The Democrats are in control of the Senate, but it does not mean that we have no say in how our money is spent. Thank goodness we do have “some” control left, and the Republicans must stop just “going along”. There is a reason the government was set up this way. If everyone including the President would just do thier job, we could move through all of this mess and begin fixing the issues.

  • mamaknock

    A do-nothing Congress & a wannabe King for President..All need an over-haul.
    Only thing we can do is take the States power back and let each of them handle it.

  • Layla

    Let’s us not any of us forget that it was the deliberate ignoring of the border, the unwillingness of Congress and the administration that put us where we are today.


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