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House Passes Border Bill After Enough GOPs Get on Board

Obama accuses Republicans of addressing crisis with legislation "that can't pass the Senate and if it were to pass the Senate I would veto."

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August 1, 2014 - 7:46 pm
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WASHINGTON – House Republicans reversed course Friday night and passed legislation intended to enhance security along the Mexican border and expedite the return of thousands of unaccompanied children who have poured into the country – just a day after party leaders pulled a bill from the floor in response to a conservative uprising.

The two measures that received approval as lawmakers raced to conclude business to begin the start of a month-long August recess are unlikely to become law. The Democrat-controlled Senate, which failed to pass its own immigration bill on Thursday, already has left town and has displayed little interest in even considering the lower chamber’s proposal. And it is opposed by President Obama.

“We all agree that there’s a problem that needs to be solved in a portion of our southern border,” Obama said. “And we even agree on most of the solutions. But instead of working together — instead of focusing on the 80 percent where there is agreement between Democrats and Republicans, between the administration and Congress — House Republicans, as we speak, are trying to pass the most extreme and unworkable versions of a bill that they already know is going nowhere, that can’t pass the Senate and that if it were to pass the Senate I would veto. They know it.”

Obama accused the GOP of “not even trying to actually solve” the border problem and indicated he would act unilaterally to address the ongoing border crisis.

“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,” he said. “And this is on an issue that they all insisted had to be a top priority.”

The latest version of the border legislation that finally passed Republican muster 223-189 includes $70 million for both the federal government and the states to expend on National Guard assigned along the Rio Grande. Another $400 million goes to the Department of Homeland Security for enhanced border protection while about $200 million is set aside to house undocumented aliens like the unaccompanied children and other “humanitarian assistance.”

It also amends a 2008 law to speed up the deportations of children back to their origination points in Central America. It further prohibits housing the children on military bases if it results in service members being displaced.

One Democrats, Rep. Henry Cuellar, of Texas, sided with the GOP bill while four Republicans voted no – Rep. Paul Broun, of Georgia, Rep. Stephen Fincher, of Tennessee, Rep. Walt Jones, of North Carolina, and Rep. Tom Massie, of Kentucky.

A second measure intended to stop Obama from expanding a program that put an end to deporting some illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. as children – often referred to as DREAMers after the original legislation — also passed.

The price tag comes to about $694 million – $35 million more than called for in the bill yanked off the docket on Thursday. The new measure added additional National Guard funding. And leadership included the bill regarding DREAMer kids to assuage recalcitrant conservatives.

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How dare those Republicans in the House pass something they should know by now I don't want! Do I have to always tell them exactly what I want? They should know by now without Me having to always tell them! Who do they think they are anyway? What kind of a country do they think they are still living in? How dare they be so insulin to their sovereign!?
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May Barry the Wahabbi enjoy the same treatment he ordered for Gaddafi.
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Jeff Sessions should run for President, he's the only one that can be trusted over there.
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Forget Congress and President Obama. We can bypass them. 2/3 of state legislatures should call a constitutional convention to amend the constitution to end birthright citizenship for children of illegal aliens. End the ability of illegal aliens to use anchor babies to gain a foothold in the US.

Each state has the ability to require employers to check the citizenship of the people they hire. The states can also withhold state money from companies that hire illegal aliens. Greatly reduce the jobs magnet that attracts illegal aliens to the US.
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By the time the convention is called, the children are already citizens. So try not to be an idiot.
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It would stop others. You have to begin somewhere.
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So GOP should rubber stamp Dear Leader's wishes. Cute.
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more $$ for obummer's brown shirts? what, need a couple billion more bullets? to shoot at ____ exactly? or maybe some extra missiles for their new drones to shoot ____? yeah. a bit obvious?

in context please: so, the 'fool on a hill' 'n chief goes on full quiet mode and secretly invites in all the poor, disease ridden, uneducated children of the world that can climb, swim or crawl their way to our borders, w/o any parental supervision or protection (and practically every other illegal alien that can get here), to come here and get greatly rewarded w/ citizenship for themselves and all they want to claim as kin? he then promises his supporters wild compensation to take these poor children into their homes. after that he demands that the pub's who control the purse strings give these agencies named above large gifts of taxpayer $$ to control the problem he created? sweet. then he gets to say that the pubs are mean and hate children and the sucker press gives it full rein. masterful. listening to piglousy talk about 'what's best for the children' was spooky enough for a Vincent movie. wonder how many 'poor children' died or were assaulted of sexually molested on their way here? less that were killed by obummer's/holder's guns maybe? i wonder how many were maybe even killed by some of those bloody cartel guns. one thing for sure, we will never know.

and even now need more $$ so now we (Americans) can also get physically assaulted at our own invisible borders while the rest of the world waltzes in and takes over, on our dime, as usual?

warning, warning: the self destruct sequence has been activated. you have ______ before total decimation.

when the amerikan (reprogrammed) government entities gear up for war and start loading guns to shoot at other (disagreeable) Americans, please don't volunteer to carry their extra clips for them. looks like the gop washington elitists come to battle the forces of evil similar to the way the Scots did against the Brits in that excellent blood and gore William Wallace movie. they hike their kilts up in the back while bending over exposing their backsides to the enemy. problem is, these clueless wonders don't appear willing to turn around and get back up ready to fight. want to bet these alphabet agencies won't get the $$ one way or another? long odds.

old madieup proverb: when dealing w/ the plans of madmen, the best action to take is usually no action atall.

the people backing this fool are coming for blood (and our country), and being in that bent over position sounds like an extremely bad (and uninformed) way to go.

its really amazing. mr transparency spits in American's faces over and over by ignoring our laws and he still comes w/ his expectant hand out and a loaded gun in the other. good thing he's signed all those e.o.'s that he can now try to use to get control of our guns and falsely imprison our real leaders when the proper bell rings. you know, these things put in place to control us are not just all coincidences. too many for that. he despises us. please wake up those who have ears with which to hear. heck, he won't even send the really bad i.a. criminals back to their own countries (parachute will do). he adds insult to injury as he had them all released in our back yard. more dead and abused Americans at obummer's hands (and always indirectly, like fast & furious)? really nice bunch in wash. who continually claim to be 'one of us'. sweet work, while it lasts.
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"Republican lawmakers expressed satisfaction that they can return to their districts during the recess having addressed the border issue..." -- that's all this was - political theater from the Right for August recess town halls. This is how Republican leadership handles it's side's LIVs...with a talking point about a border bill that most constituents will ignore.

The House leadership's Hail Mary sections dealing with DREAMERs and deportations of children were window dressing. It looks like the bulk of the funding would have furthered Obama Administration aims -- government jobs creation via more Homeland security forces and increased financing to house illegals while they are on the fast track to preferred treatment under our laws.

Where was the section in the bill that mandated border control and a double-sided fence? If this can't be done we will be reliving this man-caused border disaster over and over again.
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The dems are now happy.
Senate is out of town and Reid is watering his pomegranate trees.
Obama says he will act alone..... since he won't get the bill he intended to veto anyway.

He will cut in the MOST painful and hurtful way possible and blame the republicans.

The dems are having mimosas right now and dreaming up the where to pull funding from to pay for "children" from other countries.

This will be a repeat of Sequester and Debt Ceiling raises combined. High drama, roadblocks, yellow tape around monuments, threats of SS checks not going out...dems are salivating.

But this might backfire. If people are cut for illegal "children" and have to take a personal hit, then it might get personal with them.

This will be interesting.
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Dems always vote against any immigration bill. Always...going back to 1950's and earlier. The exception was Reagan's plan but Dems knew they would strip it later.

2007 immigration reform addressed those working and raised here. The bill was to stop the human trafficking, slavery, border deaths, citizenship to our own. Obama voted against it because the unions said it would take jobs away.

2009 Obama promised voters he would address immigration reform. With full control of house and senate, Obama ignored it.

2010 Obama sued states that attempted to stop human trafficking, drug smuggling and sex slavery. Obama and 3 countries sued states because stopping trafficking "would cut into the cash/commerce flowing" to those countries.

2013, 4 republicans 4 democrats developed reform: children citizenship, worker permits, stop trafficking/slavery, ensure fairness.

Next day from a Las Vegas campaign podium, Obama announced his plan, one no one had heard of, that contradicted the reform bill. He chose NOT to meet with the work group, NOT to give input.

Dems like human smuggling, sex trafficking, people dying in the deserts. That's why they refuse to close the border, refuse to implement E-verify and enforce our laws, refuse to stop welfare programs to illegals and refuse to take action.
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Well, this bill seems to have aggravated all the right people...
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It aggravated Pelosi. She was chasing a Republican representative around the floor. He got under her skin and did so merely by saying that the Democrats had control of both houses for 2 years and did nothing.

If I were him or some other rep I would punch her buttons until she had a meltdown.

Her botox treatments are detrimental to her psychological health and would contribute to her meltdown. They prevent her from seeing reality. She cannot read people's faces anymore in a subconscious way. It is not only her political ethos that detaches her from reality. It is also the botox. She cannot empathize with other people as well. She cannot tell that Republicans representatives are in anguish and are sincere due to her beauty treatments. She has drifted so far from reality that she thinks Republican positions are a lie not her position.
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Hey, the bill's got to have some redeeming value if it made Nancy Pelosi go crackers on the floor of the House following the vote Friday night:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/02/pelosi-confronts-gop-congressman-in-rancorous-house-debate/?cmpid=cmty_twitter_fn
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