House GOP Eyes Second Shot At Passing Doomed Border Bill

The House stayed in Washington another day so Republicans could pass their border bill. But the Senate has gone home for the summer, so it won't become law anytime soon.

This article is from the archive of our partner .

House Republicans are preparing to try again on Friday to pass their bill responding to the migrant crisis on the Southern border.

But it's largely a futile effort even if it passes, because the Senate has gone home for the summer.

"There are no plans to come back," Adam Jentleson, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (R-Nev.), told The Wire on Friday.

The Senate held a series of votes on Thursday night, sending a V.A. bill and a Highway Trust Fund measure to President Obama while failing to advance its own proposal for stemming the border crisis.

And then senators left for a five-week recess – something the House was supposed to do on Thursday before conservatives rebelled against the GOP leadership's $659 million border bill.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) convened Republicans for a meeting on Friday to present revisions to the proposal, and it appears the House will vote later in the day to pass it.

If Republicans succeed Friday in passing their bill, they are likely to call on the Senate to return early from vacation. Trying to save face, Boehner criticized his colleagues across the Capitol for skipping town.

Jentleson said that even if it wanted to, the Senate can't just change its schedule "on a dime" because it would require consent from all 100 members – including Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who are staunchly opposed to the House bill.

Any change to that schedule would require all senators to consent to the change. Saying that's unlikely to happen (barring an unforeseen crisis) is an understatement."

This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire.