“It’s between House Republicans and Senate Republicans. House Republicans and the business community. House Republicans and the evangelical community.” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel shot back that it was Obama’s failed leadership that caused the current border crisis, saying the President has been “completely AWOL.” For House Republicans, the optics of passing a plan before heading home became the top priority after Senate Democrats were unable to push through their own version, which died Thursday night on a procedural vote. Steel pushed that point, noting that “Senate Democrats have left town without acting on” Obama’s request for emergency funds.” “Right now, House Republicans are the only ones still working to address this crisis,” he said. Such is the state of politics in Washington less than four months before congressional elections. The partisan climate is as fierce as ever with conservatives again rising up to challenge establishment priorities and assert their agenda. Immigrant influx The influx of immigrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador — many of them unaccompanied children — into Texas has overwhelmed border facilities and services, inflaming an already volatile political issue. Obama had asked for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to strengthen border security and speed up the processing of new arrivals, while the Democratic plan scuttled in the Senate called for $2.7 billion. The GOP measure in the House slashed that to $659 million and included a change to a 2008 anti-trafficking law to make it easier to send home the child immigrants.
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