Boehner Says Border Crisis Won’t Get ‘Blank Check’ (Video)
Posted at 12:31 p.m. on July 10, 2014
No “blank check” for the border, says Boehner. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
One day after President Barack Obama urged Congress to move quickly on a request for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to address the Texas border crisis, Speaker John A. Boehner made it clear the spending supplemental will not be rubber-stamped.
“We’re not giving the president a blank check,” Boehner said during his weekly press conference Thursday.
Boehner said one appropriate response to the border crisis was to send in the National Guard, something Obama said yesterday would be considered — though Boehner said the White House wants the spending approved with with “no strings attached.”
“In other words, he won’t do it for the kids; it’s all about politics,” Boehner said.
The Ohio Republican noted that a working group in the House was “reviewing” the supplemental request, and that they would have more to say in the future.
“Beyond that, we’ll wade through the discussion with our members before we make any final decisions,” Boehner said.