July 31, 2014

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.



Posted by Jeff G. @ 3:26pm

Comments (38)

  1. Tom Donohue’s entire already-planned summer series of themed latino boy parties is jeopardized by these irresponsible tea party antics

    invitations have already been sent and everything

  2. I hope we win

  3. We done gone cray cray on the bitch. They gonna punish us but GOOD by backing them some Democrats come 2014.

    ‘Course, they already had that plan in the case of Landrieu, but now! Oooooh, you cray crays gonna get whupped!

  4. Kevin McCarthy’s theme song.

  5. The TeaPartyers keep asking with earnest kindness that the Republicans do the right thing and the Republicans keep saying only clubbing them over the head will suffice, with the Democrats cheering “Yay, yay! You two go at it and we’ll scrape up the body-parts!” Just another Mexican standoff, in other words.

  6. Well, then. They’re actually kicking vacation down the road.

    House GOP to delay recess, pursue border bill Friday

    Word has it that Ted Cruz is whipping House votes. Finally, someone is leading in DC.

  7. Good to know that they still fear pissing us off, at least a little bit.

    If we can slip a few more Conservatives in this year, we’ll be able to tell them to get their own asses in line.

  8. I thought it was unbelievably stupid to hear a complaint about outside groups and Ted Cruz in regard to this scuttling.

    These aren’t elites. They’re simply elitists. Soft, reactive, and dumb.

    Why not further blame these outside groups and actors for reducing the debt or curing childhood diseases? That’d teach those upstarts.

  9. – We are way, way beyond Kabuki theater, and well into Keystone Kop territory, except the actors are effectively all mimes since there is no script.

    – Well, other than a vague desire to harm the T-party in any way possible and do the exact opposite of what the majority desire because shut up.

  10. I’m almost at the point where replacing incumbent public officials with random people yanked off the street against their will — at least three or four times a day — would strike me as a vast improvement over the present condition.

    For values of “almost” that exclude everything except “absolutely.”

  11. We need to come up with a way to work a no-confidence vote into the caucus rules so we can force a vote on new leadership.

    The only problem I forsee is that the gutless wonders in the GOP would just re-elect the old leadership.

  12. I’m confused. Here is the bill itself, and according to what I can tell, they have 220 votes.

    Roll Call Vote

    Am I reading this wrong?

  13. I bet a bucket of orange tears that Nancy Boehner will be able to snatch defeat from the toothless gums of victory by Saturday at the latest.

  14. – Depends on whether its 2/3rds to pass or a simple majority. Probably get the answer on the Cspan house floor screen during the vote.

  15. i think that was the bill what said ok if we pass this bill that lets tom donohue have an enormous new harem of young latino boys to diddle THEN we promise we’ll vote on bitch-slapping the whore president with respect to the yummy new amnesties he’s contemplating

  16. I realize this does not advance the discussion at hand nor the position I must hold as American beholden to a nation of laws, but I must say the Mexican people I come into contact where I live are all lovely as can be. And I mean this.

    a few brief anecdotes.

    We encounter each other in the elevator so exchanges are brief. The children totally get me.

    A girl guesses which elevator will come, “it will be this one.” Her parents involved in adult matters ignore her. We enter together along with an older male resident.’

    Inside the elevator I address the girl directly, “You’re the winner. You get to push the button.” Her mother regards me as a perv.

    That déjà vu thing is happening again. Did I mention this already?

    “Push 5 for me.” Her mother says, “Press 2, Honey.” The girl presses 5 and 2 then sinks back into her mum’s leg.

    “Goodness, you really know your numbers.”

    She smiled brilliantly from ear to ear.

    The doors open on 2, they all depart. The old man turns back as the doors close he pauses and smiles, conveying, “good child-work there, Chap.”

    At my floor I exit and turn the corner to walk down the hall. At the corner the tiniest person I ever saw who can walk was running in front of his parents as we passed each other right at the corner he chirps, “Hola!” He’s gone, and then there are his parents.

    Utterly charming.

    The next day I walked down the hallway to the extreme end to dump my trash, converging in the little trash room at the same time as two children. I say, “I’ll hold the door open so you don’t have to touch it.”

    The boy looks at me blankly. Thde older girl responds, “Thank you.”

    Holding the chute open and addressing the boy, “Quieres dar un paseo por el ducto de la basura? ” Do you want to ride in the trash chute.

    He looked at me blankly.

    Then leaving the room together, “Vamos a tener una carrera.” Le’s race. (I think)

    But they did not race me.

    Well, you can’t win them all, can you?

    The lady in the office looked especially beautiful, she did positively glow more deeply than usual, and I wondered, is it okay to complimenting a woman with a dark complexion on their tan? I took the risk and did so. Her smile lit up the whole room. Her teeth like jewelry. I rarely see someone that beautiful.

    Then in the elevator again I am with an older man and I like his shiny leather shoes. They are different from ordinary shoes. And I like that. There is care there apparent that I appreciate. “Me gusta sus zapatos.”
    He looked at his shoes, then at me, the ice was broken by that compliment, I disabused a preconception of scary remote white guy, the man blossomed right there explaining, “I shine them every day. I work at King Soopers.” I didn’t realize King Soopers required shiny shoes, but that was his reason for shining them. They were like military shoes. He takes his job seriously.

    I gave bags of Dixon’s chile powder to the women in the office downstairs. This was only to make the $12.00 shipping worthwhile. Otherwise that cost would not make sense. I included a Mexican national woman who does handiwork around here . Like a housekeeper but much more involved than just that. She does everything including paint apartments. She fixed my dryer one time, and she replaces air filters and such. She got a sack of chile powder too.

    The next week she gave me a whole stack of books about cooking. She had no use for them and wanted me to have them. Now, isn’t that nice? Reciprocation that I flatly did not expect.

    These are my direct experience, and there is nothing contrary.

    I took Ed to lunch at El Tejado (the roof) on Broadway, just south of Evans. We finished. I indicated to a table of rough-looking Mexican nationals, and mean really rough-looing. I would have cut a very broad arc around them had I need to walk by. That rough. Mean-looking. Criminal in appearance. I told Ed that the dark red stuff in the sundae glass is actually a shrimp cocktail, and nasty as it looks, it is actually completely authentic and quite good tasting besides. Hard to tell by the look of it.

    To my horror, Ed gets up and walks directly to the table and in his obnoxious sounding Mid-Atlantic accent says, “Ooooh, my friend Bo here says that stuff in the glass that you’re eating is shrimp cocktail and that it’s actually quite good. Is that true?”

    The whole table of men looked straight at us, regarding us up and down. a very long moment of appraisal elapsed. I nearly pissed myself right there. I couldn’t believe Ed could be so direct, so abrupt, so challenging. The ugliest guy said, ‘Yes! It is. It is very good, Here, try some.”

    Then it was all, “No, no, no, I was just curious. We just finished. We’re full, but thank you, thank you, we’ll try that next time now that we know.”

    Ed just got a new Benz. He’s like a child with a new toy, show me all the things it does. All the little gee gaws they put on cars nowadays. It is impressive. I say, “Ed, you really surprised me back there.”

    “How so, Bobby?”

    “I would not have approached that table of men. I would have avoided them at all cost. Too scary.”

    “Well, Bobby, I find that the Mexican people as a whole are a kind and gentle people.”


    He surprised me again.

    He changed me on the spot with that one.

  17. i love mexicans and central americans more than beans but i detest the backroom machinations of the Rs who are too cowardly to make the case for why we should say bienvenidos

    they leave people like me out there just hanging

    hanging like over-ripe pawpaws

    and I’m just over it

    get it together, boehnerfags

  18. – Best I can tell (Cspan has changed their format because the old presentation was just to easy to follow) the House session for the day ended at approximately 9:30 pm without a vote with the last piece of business an announcement by Rep. McCarthy, loudly booed, that additional votes would be possible/likely, and assuring the members that everyone will be properly notified.

    – So as of now tomorrow is on.

  19. I don’t have a problem with nice people wanting to immigrate to America. I just want the border secured and the immigration laws enforced so we can weed out the not-so-nice people.

    Of course, given the way this country seems to be going now a days, balkanization might be the least of our problems.

    Of course, I can say that, since I live in a functional part of the country that I hope would weather a Cloward-Piven induced systems collapse better than deep blue states.

    But then, isn’t that why they’re dispersing the poor benighted saints? To camp amongst us?

  20. But then, isn’t that why they’re dispersing the poor benighted saints? To camp amongst us?

    – That would certainly be an added benefit for the Progressives that are just looking for fresh voter meat but the main purpose is to “hide” the size of the immigrant influx by dispersion.

  21. also, brazilians

  22. Chaetophobic are we?

  23. happy August Mr. Ernst!

    31 glorious days

  24. Rep. Eric Cantor will resign from Congress effective Aug. 18, he said in an interview with the Richmond Times-Dispatch posted at midnight.

    The Virginia Republican, newly deposed as House majority leader after losing his primary to Dave Brat, said he has asked Gov. Terry McAuliffe to call a special election on Nov. 4, ensuring that the district will be represented in the lame duck.

    So, having lost, he can’t be bothered to serve until the end of his term. And, because it’s going to be so vitally important to have one extra Team R vote during the ‘lame duck’ session (between Nov 4 election and the presumed seating of Dave Brat in January), he’s asking the (Democrat) VA governor to hold a special election for someone to serve for those 2 months.

    There’s something fishy going on, but I don’t know what, exactly. Is it a tremendous resume booster for some politically-connected dude to be able to say “I was a US Congressman representing VA-9 (or whatever) for 2 months”? Is there some damage such a person (who assuredly won’t be a tea-partier) can do in that period, or some favors that can be handed out?

    Enquiring minds…

  25. That is, is there something that Eric Cantor couldn’t do for himself (by serving out his term), such as give Eric Cantor a huge pile of money from the US Treasury, that a hand-picked (albeit brief) successor could do?

  26. The difference between Cantor leaving now and Cantor leaving in January is probably a couple million bucks of K Street income. There’s no upside in being a backbencher in an overwhelming majority.

  27. – CNN, MSNBC, HuffNPoop, and the Progressives moral non-equivalence:

    Friday, August 1

    3:17 p.m. Cleared for publication: Two soldiers were killed during the suspected abduction of Sec.-Lt. Hadar Goldin in southern Gaza 90 minutes into the cease-fire Friday morning.

    2:50 p.m. Second Lt. Hadar Goldin, 23, of Kfar Saba, was named as the soldier presumed to be captured by Hamas on Friday.

    2:30 p.m. Robert Serry, the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, condemned Palestinians for breaking the ceasefire. “If corroborated, this would constitute a serious violation of the humanitarian ceasefire in place since 8 am this morning by Gazan militant factions.”

    2:14 p.m. The UN urges Palestinian parties to reaffirm their commitment to the Gaza truce.

    2:06 p.m. Update to suspected kidnapping: Terrorists emerged from a tunnel shaft, and a suicide bomber detonated himself near soldiers prior to the suspected kidnapping, says senior IDF source.

    1:59 p.m. Rocket alert sirens were sounded in the Ashkelon Coast and the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Councils.

    1:45 p.m. Rocket alert sirens sounded in the Ashkelon Coast Regional council.

    1:30 p.m. IDF soldier feared to have been kidnapped by terrorists in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday around 9:30 a.m., according to the IDF Spokesman’s Office.

    1:15 p.m. Rocket alert sirens sounded in the Eshkol Regional Council.

    1:00 p.m. IDF releases names of all five soldiers killed in a Hamas mortar attack in the Eshkol region on Thursday: Sergeant First Class (res.) Daniel Marash, 22, of Rishon Lezion, Capt. Omri Tal, 22, from Yehud, St.-Sgt. Shay Kushnir, 20, of Kiryat Motzkin, St.-Sgt. Noam Rosenthal, 20, from Meitar, and Capt. (res.) Liran Adir (Edry), 31, from Ezuz.

    12:45 p.m. Two rockets were intercepted by Iron Dome over Merhavim Regional Council in the last rocket attack. Earlier, three mortar shells fell in Eshkol. No injuries were reported.

    12:30 p.m. Code Red siren sounds in Beersheba, Ofakim, and the surrounding area.

    12:30 p.m. At least 25 people were killed in the Israeli shelling of southern Gaza, according to the Gaza Interior Ministry.

    The Gaza Health Ministry reported that 25 bodies were found in the rubble left from previous fighting in Khan Younis, and four others in in Gaza City.

    12:25 p.m. “Hamas violated the humanitarian ceasefire which began this morning by firing rockets at Israel from Gaza,” the Israeli Foreign Ministry said.

    12:22 p.m. A total of 15 rockets and mortar shells have been fired into Israel since the cease-fire took effect at 8 a.m, according to Israel Radio. Seven rockets were successfully intercepted by Iron Dome.

    12:00 p.m. Israeli official to Channel 2: Once again Hamas has broken its commitment to a cease-fire – a commitment made to John Kerry and the UN Secretary General.

    – Anyone who supports the bastards are morons or crazy ideologues.

  28. By leaving his office before his term is up, isn’t Eric Cantor simply looking out for Eric Cantor more than he looks out for his constituents in Va-7, and just another sample of the very same thing that got him ousted? Va-7 had got tired of it. And now will probably go without representation for a period of a few months. What a piece of shit Cantor is.

  29. Looks like they’re going to have to read Erick Erickson out of the conservative movement: Maliciousness. Not Incompetence.

  30. Depends on whether its 2/3rds to pass or a simple majority. Probably get the answer on the Cspan house floor screen during the vote

    Nope, you need 218 according to the news articles. That said, there were two roll-call votes (#471 & #472) that were worded similarly, and both had over 218 votes. I’m thinking they were some kind of procedural votes leading up to the main vote, but I don’t know for sure.

  31. Poor Erick. He was so acceptable.

  32. Looks like they’re going to have to read Erick Erickson out of the conservative movement

    I heard Beck talking about that this morning. I heard him say he hadn’t been hearing things like Erickson wrote there being said before.

    I thought, gee, Glenn, too bad you haven’t been reading Protein Wisdom these last fifteen years or however long the site has been up. Funny thing though, that, since the world wide web is generally accessible to all.

  33. Well, at least Isreal is in a position to demand the return of Lt. Goldin, alive and unharmed, as a precondition to any future cease-fire.

  34. Good thought Ernst, damned fine thought. Please let it be so, along with many other conditions (public and private) as well.

  35. A good place to go look for 2nd-Lt Goldin would probably be the underground bunker Hamas headquarters beneath Shifa Hospital, don’t you think?

  36. Or maybe Khaled Mashaal’s plush apartments in Qatar, for that matter.