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On what was supposed to be the last day before summer recess, dysfunction reigned in Congress.
House Republican leaders called off a vote Thursday on their $659 million emergency response to the border influx from Central America overwhelming immigration resources,
unable to agree among themselves about what to do.That sparked a revolt in their caucus over doing nothing, which forced GOP leaders to delay the start of August break to discuss the matter further on Friday morning.And in the Senate,
a $2.7 billion Democratic plan to respond to the immigrant surge failed in a procedural vote.Asked what happens now, Speaker John Boehner said he'd be working with his caucus. Asked if that would go into the night,
he responded: "Oh yeah."The Senate measure fell short of the 60 votes needed to advance after Republicans opposed the measure because it didn't include any policy changes to make it easier to deport children back to Central America. Two moderate Democrats voted with Republicans to block the bill.
The end result? Politicians eventually go home for five weeks to campaign for the November congressional elections without sending President Barack Obama legislation to address what both parties agree is a humanitarian crisis at the southern border.Volatile issueSuch inability to compromise,
let alone even pass any kind of legislation, showed the volatility of the immigration issue in America just over three months before the November elections.
Obama asked for $3.7 billion in emergency funding to strengthen border security and speed up the processing of the tens of thousands of arrivals -- many unaccompanied minors -- from Guatemala,
Honduras and El Salvador in the past 10 months.House Republicans slashed that figure and added changes to a 2008 anti-trafficking law that would remove the guarantee of an immigration hearing for children arriving on their own
from Central America.Facing Democratic opposition, GOP leaders needed almost all of their majority caucus to support the bill.
However, many Republicans -- mostly conservatives -- argued against approving any new money and argued the measure failed to effectively limit Obama from acting on his own to allow illegal immigrants to stay in the country.
Obama criticismThey contend he has failed to enforce immigration laws by halting deportations of some child immigrants who arrived years earlier.
And they now expect further unilateral steps signaled by the White House that would allow more undocumented immigrants to work in the United States.
After a partisan debate on the measure, an expected vote suddenly got canceled.
A subsequent 90-minute GOP caucus meeting behind closed doors resulted in the decision to keep going on Friday to get something passed, participants said."
I was prepared to be very critical of the decision to go home but thankfully the leadership is doing the right thing and saying we're going to get this thing through,"
said Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, while Rep. John Fleming of Louisiana described it as "an emotional 'we've got to do something' kind of cheerleading event."
Several House Republicans told CNN that GOP leaders made it clear they won't hold a vote on the border bill until they knew it had enough support t pass, even it that took beyond Friday.
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