BREAKING: Execrable House Amnesty-aid Bill Lacks Votes to Pass
Or at least it was 3 hours ago, when I was napping. Washington Examiner:
The House abandoned efforts to pass a bill to deal with the surge in migrants on the southern U.S. border Thursday.
House Republicans, who had authored a plan to spend $659 million on humanitarian aid as well as additional border security and judges, failed to garner enough support among their rank and file to come up with the 218 votes needed for passage.
They plan to adjourn today until Sept. 8, which virtually guarantees no action on legislation until after the August recess.
The GOP was not able to pull in enough votes despite promising a faction of conservative Republicans a separate vote on legislation to curb an executive action by President Obama in 2012 that allows young people who came here illegally as children to avoid deportation.
Republicans earlier today were hopeful they could come up with the votes, but many conservatives wanted the the separate vote on the executive action included in the main legislation so that the Senate would be forced to consider it.
Language in the GOP’s bill included provisions that put the onus on the government for contending that illegals who didn’t show up for administrative hearings to determine status were doing so intentionally. That is to say, this bill was full of shit, was not at all representative of the wishes of most GOP voters, and you can bet your ass that Boehner and the boys are fuming right now that they couldn’t at least wear the figleaf of “helping the humanitarian crisis” before Obama does them the final solid of issuing Executive orders that legalize 5-6 million illegals anyway, taking the political pressure off of them to enjoy the very amnesty they’ve been pushing for behind the scenes and against the wishes of the majority of Americans and most especially their base.
Once again, we have the conservative faction of the House to thank for this — Boehner couldn’t count on Dem votes this time, given that certain language in the bill rubbed against the President’s deportation standards — and once again we’ll hear lectures about the political optics of all this, rather than celebrate the fact that we the people have just enough TEA Party types left in office to trouble the statist GOP establishment and flummox their plans.
And we also why it is that this same establishment wants so desperately to see TEA Party-types defeated: the “citizen-legislator”-types don’t understand that this is a game they’re supposed to be playing, and so they keep acting on principle when they should be acting on expediency. Because of the 3-D chess.
Not only don’t they answer to demands to eat their peas, but they don’t really like it when you tell them to get their asses in line, either. And that’s a good thing.