Skip to comments.Louisiana lawmaker: Opposition to border bill is 'insurmountable'
Posted on 07/31/2014 4:00:55 PM PDT by jazusamo
Republican opposition to a border-relief package is insurmountable, a Tea Party conservative predicted Thursday.
House GOP leaders have delayed their August vacation in an attempt to hash out the Republican differences over an emergency response to the child migrant crisis at the southern border.
But Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) said there are no changes GOP leaders could make to their $659 million package that would win the support of 218 Republicans.
I think it's insurmountable. I don't care who the whips and who the leadership are, said Fleming. Number one, we are a completely wide spectrum. We've got some members of the House Republicans, and maybe even in the Senate, that agree with Democrats much more on this issue than Republicans, Fleming explained. But on top of that, you've got a president who does what he wants who ignores the law, enforces only parts that he wants and we can't trust that he'll do anything.
Lacking Republican support, House GOP leaders on Thursday scrapped a vote on their border relief package and were poised to leave town for the long August break. But, under pressure from rank-and-file Republicans wary of returning home without addressing the crisis, the leaders quickly changed those plans, delaying the recess in hopes of winning enough GOP support to send a bill to the Senate.
The Republicans have not scheduled any new votes, but they're planning to meet as a group in the Capitol at 9 a.m. Friday to continue the discussion.
Assuming the Houses 435 members are all present, the GOP would need 218 votes to secure passage.
Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) said the GOP opposition has been based on a combination of misunderstandings about what the legislation would do and legitimate concerns from some critics. But he predicted the party would rally to pass a bill before leaving town.
We're just tying to work through this, and actually still think we can get there, Cole said. If we have to work longer or through the weekend, I think there's a genuine desire to do that.
Some conservative opponents of the initial GOP bill said they'd be happy to support a border-relief package if Republican leaders toughen it up.
The conservatives have been particularly critical of President Obama's 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides two-year work visas to qualified illegal immigrants brought to the country as children. The critics contend that program, though it explicitly excludes anyone arriving to the United States after 2007, is driving the current migrant wave, and they want the border funding bill to curtail it.
You have to have a bill to vote on that will actually stop the problem, said Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.). That's what the problem was: The [GOP leadership] bill didn't fully address what the American people want done.
Fleming disagrees. He said no border proposal is worth passing under Obama, even if Republicans support it unanimously.
I don't get the point of passing any legislation, even if we agree on something, Fleming said. The president can sign it into law and completely ignore it like he does every other law.
Kill the bill!
Have Ted Cruz write a real bill, not liberal B.S.
Bill Cassidy needs to side with Fleming, Vitter, Mo Brooks, Tom Graves, Cruz, Gohmert and Jeff Sessions against Scalise.
Boehner and the GOPe will cave by Saturday noon ET. They’re a pathetic lot.
All conservatives should stay home in November and let the GOPe get its ass kicked. Let’s just have the Dems takeover, so we can get this show on the road.
There shouldn’t be ANY bill.
Fleming has it right. Obama, being the tyrant that he is, will dictate with his pen and cellphone whatever he darn well pleases. Republicans would be wise to have no hand in it.
I’d be more comfortable with 435 random WalMart shoppers than this bunch of corrupt idiots.
Screw them and the illegal alien sons of bitches they rode in on.
“There shouldnt be ANY bill.”
I disagree. Repeal the stupid Bush law, exempt border patrol from stupid regs that forbid their actions (EPA), permit use of troops to guard border, permit local law enforcement to arrest illegals, build a wall, expedited removal, end anchor babies, etc.
Kill Bill —
If it’s the final nail for GOPe it couldn’t get any better.
Yes. Kill. The. Bill.
My rep is Jason Chaffetz.
I don’t need to call him again. He’s exactly over target.
Yep — all of the above
This bill is just more of the same things that created the mess.
Fleming: Blah, blah, blah.
Hey Fleming, how about telling us how your constituents feel about this country-changing legislation. Do you even know?
How many have called/emailed your office in the last 24 hours? How many for? How many against?
If you can’t answer these questions you are NOT doing what you were elected to do.
Mark my words, while the congress is on vacation for the next 5 weeks there is going to be a MASSIVE wave of illegals coming here because they KNOW nothing will be done to stop them. They are probably being told this through local radio and news sources in their towns and cities. Get ready for a huge wave of illegals.
It's all Very frustrating.
Well. Here’s hoping but get back to me on Monday.
The problem has been correctly identified.
There should be no bill until after Harry Reid is neutered.
We cannot afford to give him the opportunity strip out a bill and insert his poisonous amnesty.
“I don’t get the point of passing any legislation, even if we agree on something, Fleming said. The president can sign it into law and completely ignore it like he does every other law.”
Wow, these Louisiana congressman are ballsy. I love it. Sessions is a good role model.
I just had a nice daydream that the republicans won the senate and Obama was impeached for bypassing the separation of powers clause.
“Lets just have the Dems takeover, so we can get this show on the road.”