After the TanMan, Weeper of the House John Boehner, was humiliated by the Tea Party Caucus of his party on the border emergency funding bill on Thursday, he capitulated to the anti-immigrant nativists and racists of the Tea Party Caucus and told them to write whatever border bill they wanted (because it would be dead on arrival in the Senate, and vetoed by the president if it ever made it that far).
The TanMan turned the bill over to Iowa’s Steve “cantaloupe calves” King, and the Minnesota Loon, Michele Bachmann, for a rewrite. No, seriously. The Washington Post’s Robert Costa in a series of tweets reported:
It took Tea-Publicans all day to whip the votes for the Bachmann/King revised bill, and late this evening the House GOP finally passed this purely symbolic bill designed for consumption by the conservative media entertainment complex. House approves border funding:
House Republicans earned a [Pyrrhic] victory Friday night by approving a $694 million border package, one day after they were on the verge of leaving Washington empty-handed.
President Obama opposes the House measure, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) declared it dead on arrival.
But passage of the bill is nonetheless a big success for House Republicans, who will now be able to go on [FAUX News during] a five-week recess having said they took action to secure the border and deal with a wave of child immigrants that have overwhelmed authorities.
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Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in a statement took a shot at Obama.
“If President Obama needs these resources, he will urge Senate Democrats to put politics aside, come back to work, and approve our bill,” Boehner said. “There are also steps the president can take to address this crisis within the law, and without further legislative action. Every day the president and his party fail to act is another day this crisis continues.”
Passage fell largely along party lines in the 223-189 vote. Only four Republicans voted against the funding measure, while Rep. Henry Cuellar (Texas) was the only Democrat to support it.
The four Republican no votes were Reps. Paul Broun (Ga.), Stephen Fincher (Tenn.), Thomas Massie (Ky.) and Walter Jones (N.C.).
Following passage of the border supplemental package, the House approved a second measure in a 216-192 vote that would prevent the Obama administration from expanding the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program. The program provides two-year work permits for undocumented immigrants who arrived to the U.S. as children before 2007.
Eleven Republicans broke ranks and voted against the measure, while 4 Democrats supported it. One member voted present.
[The eleven Republicans who broke ranks to oppose it were Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida, Jeff Denham of California, Cory Gardner of Colorado, Mike Coffman of Colorado, David Valadao of California, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, David Reichert of Washington, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Joe Heck of Nevada, Mark Amodei of Nevada, and Fred Upton of Michigan.
The four Democrats who voted “yes” were Collin C. Peterson of Minnesota, Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, John Barrow of Georgia, and Nick J. Rahall II of West Virginia.]
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) blasted the GOP for voting to limit the ability for immigrants who arrived to the U.S. as children to stay.
“We always understood you wanted to uproot their parents. But now, late on a Friday night, you are going after the DREAMers who have known no other country but this one,” Gutierrez said.
“Only cowards scapegoat children. And only those who are ashamed of themselves do it in the night of a Friday,” Gutierrez added in an emotional House floor speech.
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The new measure added $35 million to deploy National Guard troops to the border, a key provision that won over some members.
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Like the previous legislation, the final bill also includes changes to a 2008 human trafficking law so that all unaccompanied minors from Central America undergo the same expedited repatriation process as children from Mexico.
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The border funding package includes $22 million to hire new temporary immigration judges and $197 million for the Department of Health and Human Services to house the unaccompanied minors.
Another provision in the bill would allow border patrol agents to access federal land within 100 miles of the Mexican border so that they can track down illegal immigrants.
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Conservatives such as King and Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who are well-known for their opposition to immigration reform, hailed their efforts to strengthen the bill.
“We were able to come to a point of 218 yes votes on what arguably is the most monumental vote that we will take in this entire term,” Bachmann said on Friday. “And it’s dealing with the issue that the American people care about more than any other, and that is stopping the invasion of illegal foreign nationals into our country.”
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Democrats accused the GOP of catering to its most conservative wing instead of working toward a bipartisan solution.
“Tonight will be a loss for rational humanitarian action and a victory for partisan negative policy. How sad. How wrong. How disappointing for the American people,” said House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).
Because the House and Senate are unlikely to reach a compromise over August, some federal agencies may run out of funding while lawmakers out of town. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is expected to encounter a shortfall in mid-August, with the same for Customs and Border Protection by mid-September.
Democrats largely opposed the measure due to concerns that changing the 2008 law would compromise due process for the child migrants. Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-Texas) warned that the legislation would cost Republicans votes from the Hispanic population in future elections.
“From attacks on young boys and girls to DREAMers, House Republicans continue to show their true colors when it comes to America’s Latino community,” said Hinojosa, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus chairman.
President Obama said “This is a message bill that they couldn’t quite pull off yesterday, so they made it a little more extreme so maybe they can pass it today – just so they can check a box before they’re leaving town for a month.”
UPDATE: Paul Waldman reports at the Washington Post:
In a statement, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops condemns the House GOP bill. The group sends over this, from Thomas Wenski, the Archbishop of Miami:
“It is a sad day for our country. A chamber of Congress is poised to send vulnerable children back to danger and possible death. It violates our commitment to human rights and due process of the law and lessens us as a nation. I pray that this legislation never sees the light of day.”