In today’s episode of The
Perils of Pauline Border Supplemental Follies, House leadership hurriedly pulled the $659 million Border Supplemental legislation from the floor as voting strength melted away throughout the day. Leadership, as I reported last night, had hoped to entice conservative votes in favor of the legislation by offering a vote on limiting the expansion of DACA only if it passed. But conservatives again balked, saying they wanted the limitation of DACA in the main legislation, plus more border security and immigration limitations. There really isn’t a lot else I can say; the situation is in flux, and it now looks like the House will delay their recess by at least one day to try to bring some measure to a vote tomorrow. There is strong feeling in the caucus they want to do something before recess. Another part of the story is today is the first day for the new House leadership, following Eric Cantor’s failure in the primary. They do not look good.
Senate Democrats, while quick to lambaste Republicans for their failure to pass a bill today, were conspicuously absent in moving the Mikulski bill farther forward, and still have no answer to the House bill, assuming they get one. The Senate does not look capable of passing anything at the moment.
I tend to agree with the conservatives in the House. All the things they want are good ideas, and necessary to some degree. That said, they do not appear to have learned progress in the Congress is by increments– taking huge chunks is why Democrats are in deep kimchee over Obamcare– and while ideological purity is a good thing, when it prevents you from spiking Harry Reid’s head in the endzone by leaving him holding an important bill while unable to pass an answer, it may need some tempering. Nor will it be good to leave Democrats capable of saying R’s went home without a bill. The long and short of it is, they really need to get together on something, no matter what it is. I still think they will, although the process has been uglier than I like, and I still think the Senate will not. Perhaps this is wishful thinking.
Maybe I can think of something to say after all: these dudes could not de-p a boot.