posted at 05:50
Author Name: Brett LoGiurato
House GOP Border Plan Vote, DACA Legislation
AP. House Republican leaders abruptly changed their plan to deal with the crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border late Wednesday night, after they were not able to muster enough votes to pass the legislation before Congress leaves Friday for a five-week recess. Conservatives in the House revolted against the Republican-led plan, which provides about $659 million in emergency spending for the border crisis through the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30. As a result, the House will vote Thursday on two pieces of legislation, the first being the border plan. The Republican dissent was led by Sen. Ted Cruz, the conservative freshman firebrand who has miffed House leadership before by meddling in the House's affairs. Cruz met with a sizeable group of House conservatives in his Senate office Wednesday night, where they ate pizza and discussed the border crisis, according to sources. The House GOP legislation, a companion bill to one Cruz has proposed in the Senate, would prevent Obama from expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. "Speaker Cruz is in the House," Jentleson said in an email Wednesday night. The House could theoretically pass the border plan and vote down the deferred-action legislation, and many conservatives want the two bills tied together.

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