More lunacy from the do-nothing House GOP as their bill goes up in flames. House Republicans were forced to withdraw an emergency spending bill to address the unaccompanied minors streaming across the US-Mexico border as a rebellion erupted among the ranks.
This is a major embarrassment for the party, but no-one should be surprised. We saw this mess when ‘Speaker’ Ted Cruz held the country hostage during the government shutdown. The real House Speaker John Boehner has no control over House Republicans. Having a new leadership team means nothing. If you put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig.
More from the New York Times:
House Republicans, who have long called for strengthening security at the nation’s southern border, may now be forced to head home for the recess with nothing to show for their efforts — something many Republicans fear will be an enormous political liability.
The blow to Speaker John A. Boehner and his new team — including Representatives Kevin McCarthy of California, the new majority leader, and Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the whip — makes it unlikely that any legislation to address what both Democrats and Republicans call an urgent humanitarian crisis will reach President Obama’s desk before the August break. The Senate was also unlikely to pass its own border bill on Thursday.
The Republican leaders had hoped to push through a modest $659 million emergency spending measure, well short of the $2.7 billion that Senate Democrats had proposed and the $3.7 billion that President Obama had requested.
Speaker Ted Cruz, ahem, Sen. Ted Cruz strikes again….He’s front and center in the House GOP disarray….
House Republicans were not helped by their Senate counterparts, particularly Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who on Wednesday night held a meeting over pizza and beer with more than a dozen of the House’s most conservative lawmakers to urge them to vote against the immigration bill.
Representative Joe Barton, a senior Republican in the Texas House delegation, expressed frustration with Mr. Cruz. “I like Senator Cruz personally,” he said. “I think his instincts are right, but having not served in the House, I’m not sure he’s cognizant of the protocol in the House. The Senate’s an equal body legislatively, and I certainly am encouraging him to get his positions passed in the Senate.”
There are no winners. The Democrats don’t have enough votes for their plan either. President Obama won’t win either. It’s a sad state of affairs, that the people we sent to Washington D. C. are no more than a laughingstock. I hope voters remember this trainwreck in November and in 2016. The Republican Party deserves to get another shellacking in the next presidential election.