Speaker of the House Ted Cruz has once again exerted his influence, keeping the Republicans from drafting a solution to the border crisis their own party created.
You know the Republicans want to solve the humanitarian crisis at the border when they’re doing everything they can to stalemate legislation to can help the problem. The Los Angeles Times reports that while Boehner, who’s little more than a figurehead at this point, has always expected to have trouble passing emergency funds for the crisis at the border, Ted Cruz has succeeded in making his job impossible.
And it didn’t even involve Green Eggs and Ham this time.
Cruz, a hard-line Teahadi from Texas, has been working behind the scenes to stir conservative opposition to a House GOP plan to approve $659 million to secure the border and handle the flow of 57,000 migrant youths. And it worked:
Amid disarray, House GOP leaders canceled Thursday’s vote after it was clear they did not have the votes.
The senator’s handiwork lighted up the telephone lines in the Capitol after an appearance on a tea party webinar. He further stoked opposition among House Republicans meeting privately over pizza on the eve of Thursday’s vote.
House GOP leaders bristled at the senator’s interference on their turf. Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) said Cruz had “hijacked” the Republican Party. Democrats jokingly referred to “Speaker Cruz.”
Ultimately, Boehner was pressured into attaching a Cruz-inspired bill that would halt the administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program giving 500,000 young immigrants legal status if they remain in school or join the military.
Cruz had similar legislation in the Senate but was unable to get a vote in that chamber. With a push from Cruz, the effort shifted to the House, where the bill also would have blocked any future legalization programs President Obama has promised to deliver later this year.
That’s not the message Republicans want to send to Latino and immigrant voters on Congress’ last day of business before the long August break for midterm election campaigning.
Border-state Representative Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz) warned that, “The way Republicans have demonized the kids, it’s going to come back and bite them.”
Democrats have dubbed it the “No New Dreamers Act,” but Boehner nevertheless calculated that it was better to pass the border crisis bill now, as a way to show the House was able to respond to the problem. Even that immediate goal, however, remained elusive and the effort was abandoned. With no agreement expected to be reached, lawmakers are set to adjourn for the August recession without any action on the issue.
It’s kind of scary that a man intellectually incapable of understanding the moral of a Dr. Seuss book has that sort of clout.
source: LA Times