Boehner Caves to Tea Party Favorites: Sen. Cruz, Rep. Steve King


You read the headline right – that just happened moments ago as Boehner and the House Republican Conference announced their updated response to the humanitarian crisis.  Why?

Roll Call states:

Facing Immigration Revolt, Republicans May Vote to Ban ‘Administrative Amnesty’

In a bid to shore up votes for their border supplemental, Republican leaders are…planning to give conservatives a vote Thursday prohibiting President Barack Obama from granting deportation relief to more illegal immigrants…One vote would be on the $659 million appropriations bill aimed at curbing the flow of child migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, which includes policy riders that have alienated nearly all Democrats.

On the condition of that bill passing, members would then be allowed to vote on standalone language prohibiting the expansion of President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program granting deportation relief and work permits to children…

That language would be similar to legislation being pushed in the Senate by Texas Republican Ted Cruz, who was, as negotiations were ongoing, hosting conservative House members in his Capitol Hill office to discuss strategy on the matter. Cruz’s bill has a companion in the House, sponsored by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. The two separate measures would then either be combined into one package before heading over to the Senate — a surefire poison pill…

POLITICO notes:

Struggling to attract support for their legislation to address the crisis at the border, House Republicans will vote on legislation that would ban the Obama administration from deferring deportations for young undocumented immigrants.

The surprise move… comes as House Republicans were unable to lock up 218 GOP lawmakers to vote for the $659 million emergency funding package.

“This is what happens when you wait more than 380 days to pass a bipartisan bill to fix the broken immigration system,” House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra…“Republicans have now boxed themselves into a trap where they are now having a fight between their far right and their far, far right,” he continued. “And as a result, they can’t get anything done and the shutdown, do-nothing politics has come back to bite them.”

The loud, radical, extreme chorus came out victorious.  Boehner conceded.  It’s clear who has the gavel and it’s not Speaker Boehner.

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