“They’re not even trying to solve the problem,” Obama said. This is…just so they can check a box before leaving town tomorrow.”
Two Democrats joined Senate Republicans in blocking the bill, which would have provided $2.7 billion in emergency funding for the southern U.S. border.
The move suggests that Republicans did not have the support necessary on their side of the aisle to pass the measure.
And there are only a couple days left until the August recess.
“By allowing them to enlist we … ensure that all branches of our military stay fully staffed,” Rep. Polis (D-Colo.) said.
“I’m far more concerned about children being penned up and cooped up in conditions that look a lot more like kennels than they look like the way a humane country should be treating refugee kids,” O’Malley said.
17 percent name immigration as a top issue facing the U.S., up from 5 percent in June.
Hoyer hopes that Boehner will bring the initial request from the Obama administration of $4.3 billion in funds to the floor within the next ten days.
“We have to return people and we have to show others in Central America that we are returning people,” Johnson said.
“I want those instructions revoked as far as members of Congress are concerned, and I want it done today,” McCain demanded.