House kills the border bill; Erick Erickson says the bill would have passed if GOP leaders weren’t idiots

Here’s the official report on the bill being killed:

THE HILL – House GOP leaders canceled a Thursday vote on their $659 million border bill after failing to win over conservative members who opposed giving any more money to President Obama.

A significant number of Republicans had balked at sending any money to the White House for the border, and Democrats were generally united in opposing the measure.

The decision is another defeat for House GOP leaders, who have repeatedly failed to bring their members in line on tough votes.

Signs of trouble emerged late Wednesday night when the House Rules Committee delayed reporting a rule for the border bill.

Even a late decision by leaders to set up a separate vote to prevent President Obama’s Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program from being expanded didn’t save the funding bill.

The DACA program defers the deportations of certain people who came to the United States illegally as children. The House would only have voted on that measure if the funding bill had been approved.

The measure’s defeat means the House will not vote later Thursday on that measure, which was intended to entice conservatives into backing the funding bill.

It is unclear what happens next. The House will vote for the last time around 2 p.m. on the Highway Trust Fund before leaving for the five-week August recess.

After the vote was called off, House GOP leadership tried to pin the blame on Obama.

“This situation shows the intense concern within our conference – and among the American people – about the need to ensure the security of our borders and the president’s refusal to faithfully execute our laws,” the GOP leadership said in the statement. “We will continue to work on solutions to the border crisis and other challenges facing our country.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) and other Republicans had championed the changes to the Obama DACA program, arguing it had fueled the surge of child immigrants, mostly from Central America. The administration says most of the immigrants are fleeing violence in their home countries, though officials have acknowledged many mistakenly believe they will be allowed to stay in the United States.

And here’s a little twitter commentary from Erick Erickson on the matter:


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