John Boehner Gives Up on Border Bill

by Joel Gehrke

House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) pulled the House border package under pressure from Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) and a core of conservatives who wanted language addressing President Obama’s imminent Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and immnent executive actions on immigration.

Here is the statement from Boehner and the rest of House leadership:

“This situation shows the intense concern within our conference – and among the American people – about the need to ensure the security of our borders and the president’s refusal to faithfully execute our laws.  There are numerous steps the president can and should be taking right now, without the need for congressional action, to secure our borders and ensure these children are returned swiftly and safely to their countries.  For the past month, the House has been engaged in intensive efforts to pass legislation that would compel the president to do his job and ensure it can be done as quickly and compassionately as possible.  Through an inclusive process, a border bill was built by listening to members and the American people that has the support not just of a majority of the majority in the House, but most of the House Republican Conference.  We will continue to work on solutions to the border crisis and other challenges facing our country.”
The New York Times’ Ashley Parker tweeted that the House will be “heading home without any vote.”