It’s not over yet.
House Republican lawmakers, angry over the GOP’s decision to abandon a bill to address the border crisis, crowded around Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, in the well of the chamber, demanding to remain in session to resolve the issue.
Boehner has scheduled a 3 p.m. conference meeting for all Republican lawmakers, postponing the target adjournment for a five-week recess that was to begin this hour.
GOP leadership aides said the House could attempt to hold a vote on the border, bill but no decisions have been made.
“I’m one that believe we should not go home until this gets done,” Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., said.
Upton said he was among the members who approached Boehner on the floor of the House, which was voting on legislation unrelated to the border bill.
“I said, we can’t leave until this gets done,” Upton said. “It’s a big issue. We’ve got to resolve it.”
The House is at odds over a $659 million bill to pay for humanitarian aid, court hearings and border security in the wake of a flood of migrants who are coming across the border into Texas, many of them children unaccompanied by their parents.
Republicans can’t come up with 218 votes because they must rely entirely on their own conference to pass the bill. A sizable faction, however, is reluctant to give the president any additional money because they believe his weak border enforcement policies as well as executive actions stopping deportations of some young people have provoked the migration.