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Boehner Tries To Resuscitate Dying Border Bill
« on: July 31, 2014, 03:13:17 PM »

In the Speaker's lobby just off the House floor, members of Congress were full of recriminations over how the border bill had just died -- until it sprang back to life.

House leadership has announced a 3pm special conference meeting to discuss the issue and raised the possibility of additional votes before the House departs for summer recess.

The change is an abrupt shift from a decision to pull the bill and leave without a vote on it at all. According to Republicans familiar with the matter, the decision prompted a sudden and fierce backlash against Speaker John Boehner from rank-and-file members who wanted to be able to tout passage of the bill to constituents over the summer break.

In particular, members said, the House shouldn't leave without even taking a vote -- raising the prospect that the measure may come to the floor, only to be defeated as House leaders knew it would be hours earlier.

With the situation so fluid, however, a closed-door conference meeting even could prompt discussion of an alternative legislative package.

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