News / USA

US Senate Kills Immigration Bill, House to Vote Friday

Members of the House of Representatives begin to head for the door on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 31, 2014, as Congress leaves for a five-week summer recess.
Members of the House of Representatives begin to head for the door on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 31, 2014, as Congress leaves for a five-week summer recess.
Cindy Saine

Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives are trying to resurrect a border funding bill they had abandoned Thursday after they failed to secure enough votes.  The $659 million supplemental would respond to the crisis of tens of thousands of children from Central America who have crossed the border into the United States.  After a chaotic day, House members were told to delay their five-week August recess to try to pass the border bill again on Friday.  

The plan was for the Republican-led House to vote on a border spending bill early Thursday afternoon, and then for members to head for the exits for their long break.  The House bill is much smaller than the $3.7 billion President Barack Obama has sought.  It also calls for policy changes to make it easier to deport the migrant children.  A rival bill in the Senate is bigger and does not make policy changes, but is not expected to pass before the recess.  House Republican leaders had changed their bill, directing two-thirds of the funding to border security and law enforcement to try to win the support of the most conservative members of their party.

House Democrats made it clear that they would not support the bill, saying it does not contain enough money to provide food and shelter for the children.  Democratic Congressman David Price:

“This is not a border security crisis.  This is a humanitarian crisis.  We don’t need to deploy the National Guard or surge our border capacity; because we are not failing to catch individuals as they cross, in fact these young people are turning themselves in," said Price.

After the debate, House leaders abruptly pulled the bill, leaving members in confusion and disarray.  First, they were told they could leave for the recess.  Republican Congressman Joe Barton told reporters he was on his way to catch a plane and speculated

“Well, we will have to deal with it when happens, and the president can shift money around, and I guess if we had to we could be called back for a dire emergency supplemental vote, for a day or two.  In my opinion it is too bad we did not do it today," said Barton.

Moments later, House members got word that there might be votes later in the day.  This was the angry and surprised reaction on the floor.

House Republicans met in the basement to try to find a path to an elusive majority.  Republican Congressman Spencer Bachus said the House needs to find a bill members can agree on.

“We are going to stay here, I can tell you that.  We are going to stay here until we have the votes," said Bachus.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the White House would be glad if the House approved much needed border funding - four weeks after the president asked for it.

“And the fact that House Republicans have waited literally until the very last day of their - of their session to even consider taking a vote on this is an indication that they’re not operating with the best interests of the American people in mind, that’s for sure," said Earnest.

Now it looks like the House will have an extra last day on Friday to make another attempt to pass a bill.  

 

You May Like

Ebola Death Toll Nears 5,000 as Virus Advances

West Africa bears heaviest burden; Mali toddler’s death raises new fears More

Jordan’s Battle With Islamic State Militants Carries Domestic Risks

Despite Western concerns that IS militants are preparing a Jordanian offensive, analysts call the kingdom's solid intel a strong deterrent More

Asian-Americans Assume Office in Record Numbers

Steadily deepening engagement in local politics pays off for politicians like Chinese-American Judy Chu More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Marilyn Smith
August 15, 2014 2:00 AM
These children are running from their dangerous country. I know that the influx of immigrants is a big problem, but they are here, that's the reality. If the U.S.is not willing to address the problem, they should at least control their gun trafficking into these countries so people won't have to flee the dangerous situation from their home country.


by: Michele FOGG from: VA
August 01, 2014 9:26 PM
I can't believe that the Senate actually left town for their 5 wk vacation as planned! Give me a break!! At least the house is still working!! I recently retired from DOD and I as well as other dedicated civilians postponed & even cancelled a few vacations due to responding to urgent actions. I also can't believe that our borders are still NOT secure. This should be our first priority! I am pro legal immigration - we need to enforce our immigration laws already on the books!! Amnesty is NOT fair to others who have crossed the border legally & applied for citizenship as well as those who applied for & have received legal work permits!!!

PS. Congressional vacations in August were originally scheduled due to lack of AC so why is this being continued? Congress shouldn't be allowed to go anywhere until their work has been done!


by: Terry from: Ohio
August 01, 2014 8:39 AM
This is absolutely ridiculous to be taking care of some other countries children we have plenty of people here in America that needs help. America does not provide $140 a day assistance to at least one American or American family so why should we be helping other people like that when we have people suffering and dying that are Americans and their families have worked to support them forever. I don't want to pay for some other peoples family I wish that me and my family could just sit at home and get paid 4000 dollars a month don't you it's time we do something about it America. Our veterans can't even get medical help but illegal border crossers that are breaking the law sure get as much help as they want and as much free food as they want in a roof over their heads. Out of your pocket at a cost of $4000 a month per person.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Talks to Resume on Winter Gas for Ukrainei
X
Al Pessin
October 25, 2014 4:21 PM
Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet again next week in an effort to settle their dispute over natural gas supplies that threatens to leave Ukraine short of heating fuel for the coming winter. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London the dispute is complex, and has both economic and geopolitical dimensions.
Video

Video Talks to Resume on Winter Gas for Ukraine

Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet again next week in an effort to settle their dispute over natural gas supplies that threatens to leave Ukraine short of heating fuel for the coming winter. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London the dispute is complex, and has both economic and geopolitical dimensions.
Video

Video Smugglers Offer Cheap Passage From Turkey to Syria

Smugglers in Turkey offer a relatively cheap passage across the border into Syria. Ankara has stepped up efforts to stem the flow of foreign fighters who want to join Islamic State militants fighting for control of the Syrian border city of Kobani. But porous borders and border guards who can be bribed make illegal border crossings quite easy. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video Comanche Chief Quanah Parker’s Century-Old House Falling Apart

One of the most fascinating people in U.S. history was Quanah Parker, the last chief of the American Indian tribe, the Comanche. He was the son of a Comanche warrior and a white woman who had been captured by the Indians. Parker was a fierce warrior until 1875 when he led his people to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and took on a new, peaceful life. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Cache, Oklahoma, Quanah’s image remains strong among his people, but part of his heritage is in danger of disappearing.
Video

Video China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Law

China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rules

European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.
Video

Video Kobani Refugees Welcome, Turkey Criticizes, US Airdrop

Residents of Kobani in northern Syria have welcomed the airdrop of weapons, ammunition and medicine to Kurdish militia who are resisting the seizure of their city by Islamic State militants. The Turkish government, however, has criticized the operation. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from southeastern Turkey, across the border from Kobani.
Video

Video US ‘Death Cafes’ Put Focus on the Finale

In contemporary America, death usually is a topic to be avoided. But the growing “death café” movement encourages people to discuss their fears and desires about their final moments. VOA’s Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Video

Video Ebola Orphanage Opens in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone's first Ebola orphanage has opened in the Kailahun district. Hundreds of children orphaned since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak face stigma and rejection with nobody to care for them. Adam Bailes reports for VOA about a new interim care center that's aimed at helping the growing number of children affected by Ebola.

All About America

AppleAndroid